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I use additional asset classes to diversify my portfolio by using low cost passively managed indexed mutual funds. For example. I include: Small Cap, Small Cap Value, Value, REITS and International Equities. I didn't pick this up on my own. Larry Swedroe has done quite a lot of reseach on how you can reduce risk for equivalent or better performance by doing this. I would recommend his books.

As far as your specific question goes, I think that the Vanguard REIT and International indexed funds can be low cost ways to help diversify the equity portion of your portfolio.

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