This ETF offers exposure to large and mid cap stocks from about 20 developed markets outside of the U.S., making SCHF one option for accessing an asset class that is a cornerstone of many long-term balanced portfolios. SCHF is an excellent choice for a number of reasons. With close to 1,000 individual holdings, this ETF brings immediate diversification, especially since exposure is balanced across individual stocks, sectors, and countries. Moreover, SCHF includes exposure to Canada, a region that many EAFE ETFs, such as EFA and VEA, overlook entirely. That can result in more balanced exposure, and the inclusion of the resource-rich Canadian economy (albeit in a relatively small dose) can be valuable in certain environments.Finally, SCHF is extremely cost efficient; the bargain basement expense ratio and ability to trade commission free in certain accounts should appeal to any cost-conscious investors. There are a number of alternatives to SCHF, but few (if any) make a better pick for a long-term balanced portfolio.
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