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Monday, August 28, 2006

World Stock Market Capitalization

If you do not invest internationally you are missing out on approximately half of the investable developed stock market opportunities worldwide. While the U.S. does make up 50% of the available investments, by ignoring countries like Japan, England and the like you can be missing some excellent investments. Also, it is important to remember that diversifying your portfolio through international stocks will lower the risk of your overall portfolio.

So look around at some mutual funds that are international types and seek one will solid performance, low expense ratio and is a no-load. Over the long-term this will help your portfolio tremendously and you will see the benefits of exposing yourself to this portion of the market.

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