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International opportunities

International equities make up roughly half of the global stock market, but statistics suggest the average American investor is dramatically underexposed. With Europe's recovery ongoing, a strong push in Japan to achieve better growth and early signs of stabilization in some emerging markets, it is always worth a portfolio discussion about international investing - both risks, and opportunities - with one's advisor.

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Investors remain underweight international stocks
  • International equities comprise over half of the global equity market capitalization, forming the lion’s share of the global opportunity in stocks.
  • Global equity correlations have returned to pre-crisis levels. As a result, diversification into international equities could benefit investors.
  • Despite the growth and diversification benefits that international stocks can offer, research suggests that many U.S. investors are underweight non-U.S. equities.
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