Retirement investors should have two primary goals in mind when it comes to their portfolios. First, the portfolio needs to generate an income sufficient to cover the spending of the retiree. Second, the portfolio needs to minimize the overall risk to the shareholder. After all, this portfolio and its income are supposed to last 30 years or more!
One segment of the ETF universe that's gained popularity lately that seems to fit well with these goals is low volatility ETFs. These funds choose the stocks from an underlying index with the lowest realized volatility over a period of time - usually the prior 12 months - as measured by daily or monthly price fluctuations.
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