A look at three funds that attempt to harness the underlying drivers of stock returns.
This bronze-rated fund has benefits that its peers lack, and it should reward investors who can stomach some volatility.
These ETFs have different approaches to the same goal, but one of them is a better core holding for long-term investors.
This fund's emphasis on share repurchases gives it a quality tilt, but its fee is a bit rich.
A portfolio of low-cost index funds isn't a bad starting point for the average investor.
Focus and low costs set Dimensional apart.
This ETF allows investors to diversify into international stocks while keeping risk in check.
It is unreliable at best.
This currency-hedged international-bond fund offers core exposure to one of the world's largest asset classes, which U.S. investors often overlook.
Dividend strategies may offer a lower-risk way to take advantage of the value premium.
Although many risks remain, this European equity ETF offers investors a good way to profit if a recovery gains traction.
Impressive marketing claims and back-tests are no substitute for economic intuition.
The iconic index is about to experience some big changes, but its quality tilt remains firmly intact.
While it doesn't take a traditional approach, this small-cap dividend ETF offers one of the best ways to unlock the value premium.
Rising interest rates may hurt dividend-paying stocks, defensive sectors, and large caps more than their counterparts.
While its complexity should give investors pause, this ETF attempts to improve on the traditional passive approach to value investing.
An investment in commodities can offer some benefits, but they may be overhyped.
This fund offers investors an effective way to harness the value premium.
This mega-cap growth ETF offers a heavy dose of the market's most profitable companies.
While the link between profits and stock returns should be clear, historically investors have not fully appreciated the long-term persistence of profits.
This ETF offers the cheapest way to take advantage of the small-value premium.
While it runs counter to the principles of market efficiency, momentum can offer a powerful way to improve diversification and enhance expected returns.
This ETF may be an index fund, but its contrarian strategy certainly isn't passive.
While most growth indexes have poor long-run track records, a few modifications could make growth-index funds more competitive.
Palladium might not glitter like gold, but favorable supply and demand fundamentals are taking shape that might help it shine.
Get better diversified exposure to the banking industry with regional banks.
While it may be intuitive to presume strong economic growth translates into strong stock market performance, the evidence suggests otherwise.
Get higher-quality, more-defensive names in this foreign growth fund.
With global demand for food rising, companies that provide solutions to help farmers improve crop yields could continue to see strong growth.
With potential tax hikes looming, companies may elect to substitute share buybacks for dividends in the future.
A low-cost, one-stop holding for diversified equity exposure to global natural resources.