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As IWM Has Stumbled, These ETFs Have Not


Consider these exchange traded funds that have been outpacing IWM in recent months.

A growth outlook for Indonesia, Southeast Asia's largest economy, buoys the case for a small position in IDXJ over the coming months. Over the past month, the fund is up one percent and since late August, IDXJ has gained two percent. Those performances indicate IDXJ could be a better bet than IWM if emerging markets ETFs come back into favor in significant fashion.

iShares Core S&P Small-Cap ETF (NYSEARCA:IJR): Same ticker, but a new twist on the old Shares S&P Small Cap 600 Index Fund. IJR is part of the new iShares core ETF suite, which features 10 ETFs with paltry expense ratios aimed cost-conscious investors. For its part, IJR now charges just 0.16 percent per year. That makes IJR slightly cheaper than IWM, which charges 0.23 percent.

It is not just the lower fees that make IJR appealing. Over the past week, month and three months the ETF has outpaced IWM. Not only that, but has the lower beta against the S&P 500 and a lower three-year standard-deviation, according to iShares data.

Editor's Note: This content was originally published on by The ETF Professor.

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