Nov 14

Tip For Investing in International Stocks

Last week, the Wall St. Journal reported that U.S. investors have placed more than twice as much money into international funds this year as they have into domestic funds. In part, this is simply following what's working -- the majority of foreign and emerging market funds have performed considerably better than the (flat) US equity market for the past year.

There's no guarantee that will continue of course, but most responsible advisors suggest maintaining a portion of your stock portfolio in foreign/emerging markets in any case. Where/how to invest? If you're investing a significant chunk at once (rather than making smaller, 'seasonal' invesments), we're big fans of Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) -- available for buying/selling just like a US stock, via your online brokerage.

Here's how to get broad international exposure in just two ETFs -- consider iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index -- ticker: EEM, coupled with iShares MSCI EAFE Index -- ticker: EFA --which covers Europe, Australia and the Far East.

For more on using ETFs for gaining exposure to different sectors, see The Radical Guide To Investing, and be sure to follow ETF Investor (part of the Seeking Alpha Network) daily.

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