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One-Stop Shopping for Exposure to International Stocks

This iShares’ ETF has appeal, but investors don't have to go much further afield to find more-compelling options.

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 iShares MSCI ACWI ex US (ACWX) offers broad, market-cap-weighted exposure to large- and mid-cap stocks listed in foreign developed and emerging markets. It effectively diversifies risk, accurately represents its target market segment, and charges a 0.33% expense ratio, which is well below the foreign large-blend Morningstar Category average. But there are cheaper and even better-diversified alternatives, such as iShares Core MSCI Total International Stock ETF (IXUS), which charges a 0.14% expense ratio.

Matthew Diamond does not own (actual or beneficial) shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.