Recessionproof Your Portfolio With ETFs

Defensive funds to weather a slowdown.

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ETFtrends.com offers five categories of exchange-traded funds that may help cushion your portfolio in a downturn: agriculture, gold, silver, foreign currency, and bonds.

In a stateside slowdown, Motley Fool likes ETFs that invest overseas, such as Vanguard All World (symbol VEU), which has half of its assets invested in Europe and a third in Asia. Fool also favors dividend payers, which populate the iShares Dow Jones Select Dividend Index (DVY).