Non-U.S. stocks currently account for more than half the global market. Despite this fact, investors still commit relatively small portions of their portfolios to investments abroad. In this essay we discuss the appeal to investing overseas and address the question of how much exposure is needed to reap the benefits of international diversification.
It’s that time of year again. A fresh batch of “Where to Invest in 2013” publications are in full circulation. Since we know these market guides won’t ever come with warning labels—“Do not operate large 401(k) balances after reading” or “Contents may impair judgment”—a review of how last year’s predictions turned out might be warning enough.
Vanguard recently announced they will be changing the index benchmarks tracked by several of their exchange-traded funds (ETFs). The changes, which will occur gradually, are being made to reduce internal fund costs, thus increasing the amount of returns which ends up in investors’ pockets
Buy low, sell high. At least, that’s the theory. While the U.S. stock market has climbed 15% in 2012, investors have collectively withdrawn $60 billion from stock mutual funds. Just more evidence of undisciplined investor behavior.