Conventional wisdom has long held that a portfolio should be diversified to include a healthy portion of international stocks. Does that conventional wisdom still hold up in light of the changing world economy?
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Foreign stocks have weighed on Upgrading's returns in recent years. But this month's cover article makes a strong argument for continuing to include a foreign allocation in our portfolios. Here's the back-story to put all of this in context.
In recent years, foreign stock holdings have been a frustration for those following SMI's main investing strategies. The category has been a drag on performance, which may cause some to question the wisdom of continuing to invest in foreign stocks at all. But before you tear up your investing passport, consider the arguments made in this month's cover article. SMI agrees with the author that smart foreign investing is likely to both boost returns and reduce risk in the decades to come.
For decades we've all heard what a great diversifier foreign stocks are. Is it still true? We put the conventional wisdom to the test.
Which investments will pay off most handsomely in 2011? No one knows for sure, of course. But a careful look at the economic landscape suggests where the opportunities lie. Here is our annual guide to allocating your investments among various stock and bond categories over the next 12 months.
The 21st century is bringing a reshaping of the worldwide investing landscape, driven by the globalization of financial markets, a rapidly expanding global middle class, and a long-term downward trend in the value of the U.S. dollar. To be sure, the United States remains the world's largest and strongest investing market. But other nations and regions are becoming increasingly attractive, as investors see greater growth opportunities beyond America's shores.
Unhappy with low yields in your fixed-income funds? You're likely to find better yields overseas but not without higher risk and greater complexity.