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I recommend against international index funds in any broad sense. There is always some place doing bad. If you want to play in the international area I like regional specialists. Matthews has several of the type I favor. Geopolitics are really key. Things like Japan having a new government that is trying to break the deflation or the weakness of the EU central bank are powerful forces. The trouble is knowing if they will last. It takes a lot of time and reading. So unless you expect to be spending a lot of you retirement funds in a foreign country (like living abroad) I say get international exposure from the fact 25% of the sales from US large cap stocks is international.

People can make errors by trying to check investment boxes. I just smiled when Apple was going up last year and people had to buy it. When I asked if they thought having 5% of their funds in a single stock was a good idea they said NO! At that time Apple was 5% of the vale of the S&P.

Gordon
Atlanta
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