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Four ETFs Investors Should Consider to Combat a Challenging Market

Investors seeking diversified international exposure with less volatility should consider adding the JPMorgan Diversified Return International Equity ETF to their holdings.

Investors seeking diversified international exposure with less volatility should consider adding the JPMorgan Diversified Return International Equity ETF (JPIN) to their holdings, said Philip Blancato, CEO of Ladenburg Thalmann Asset Management. The JPIN, down 4.3% year-to-date, is a multi-factor international ETF that selects its holdings based on size, style, momentum and volatility. By taking a multi-factor approach, Blancato said he is able to smooth out the sometimes bumpy ride that single factors have historically felt when their styles come in and out of favor. 'It’s cheap, it’s outperformed the overall international market, but most importantly it’s done it with less volatility which is what we are after,' said Blancato. He is also positive on the SPDR DoubleLine Total Return Tactical ETF (TOTL), which is up 1% so far this year. The fixed income ETF is actively managed by Wall Street’s current 'bond king' Jeffrey Gundlach and Blancato said active management is preferable in the current environment because it can outperform through diversification and duration management.

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