The Long Term Potential of International Investments

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Investing in stocks of foreign companies offers many advantages including diversification benefits, lower correlations with home markets, etc. However, investors must focus on the long-term returns of overseas investments. They should not try to time the markets or trade often in looking to make higher returns in the short-term.

The chart below shows the annual total returns of foreign stocks during each of the past 25 years compared with the 25-year average annual total return (13.1%): (Click to enlarge)

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Source: Standard & Poor’s. Foreign stocks are represented by the calendar-year returns of the MSCI EAFE Index. Returns shown include dividends reinvested.

In the short-term, as the chart shows, there is high volatility in international investing. However, over the long-term (such as 25 years) investors are nicely rewarded with a double-digit return.

Related ETF: iShares MSCI EAFE Index Fund (NYSEARCA:EFA)

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