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3 Funds to Build a Simple, Defensive Portfolio

Our analysts share three ETFs that could serve as the backbone of a portfolio designed to reduce volatility.

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Jeremy Glaser: Creating a defensive portfolio doesn't have to be complicated. We asked our ETF analysts to share three funds that could serve as the backbone of a low-cost portfolio that's less sensitive to market volatility.

Alex Bryan: IShares Edge MSCI Minimum Volatility USA ETF is a really strong defensive equity option if you are concerned about the downside risk that U.S. equities may present. This fund takes a holistic approach to reduce volatility, looking not only at individual stock volatility, but also at how stocks in the portfolio interact with each other to affect the overall fund's volatility.

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