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Author: mphipps Big red star, 1000 posts Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 74759  
Subject: Re: From Vanguard Date: 1/17/2000 1:30 PM
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I would recommend that you considered at least 10% in international fund.
Hear is the logic.
Japan has been in a recession for years. Why real estate loans valuation on Japanese Banks? Banks value real estate much more than anything else.
Anyway, Japan has large savings. But if you don't purchase items you can't generate any money. Savings are liabilities to banks. Loans generate review. Well they can't loan money against assets that have dropped in value 50% without writing them off. Well, they could not or would not write them off. Why, because there ability to cover savings drain would have gonna away. ie they don't have enough assets to cover letting people have there money.
It is being said that Japanese government is going to provide them the money and the loans will be written off. Thus giving them clean balance sheet,
Results renewed Japanese economy.
If you believe this scenario then Internationsl funds are a good buy.
PS I think 70% in S&P is too much. But that is just one man opinion. And it is an opinion only.
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