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Why International Stocks

Why International Stocks

Take full advantage of the diversification and return of foreign stocks.  

 Posted: 10/20/2015 by Fidelity Viewpoints

Executive Summary:

  1. Foreign stocks may provide exposure to faster-growing economies.

  2. A large number of industry-leading brands are foreign.

  3. A mix of countries and currencies can provide diversification benefits.

  4. Having some foreign investments in a portfolio may help reduce overall volatility.

Most of us live surrounded by the evidence of a global economy. Our phones may be from Korea, televisions from Japan, wine from Argentina—even our coworkers may be located in far-off continents. But while our lives may have gone global, our portfolios may not have kept pace. Data from Fidelity customers suggest that millions of investors have no international developed or emerging market stock investments at all.1 That may be a missed opportunity.

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