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Subject:  Re: Do I need international exposure?!? Date:  3/8/2014  9:07 PM
Author:  pauleckler Number:  74434 of 104348

Once upon a time, a major economic event in Europe, Asia, or the Americas might take weeks to reach the other international markets. Hence, business would out of sync. A boom could continue in Asia based on orders in hand for quite a while after a crash in say Europe or America.

But now with electronic communications, the world knows instantly. Wait and see may take a while, but order cancellations can begin arriving within hours. In short events tend to be global, and they are synchronized. So international is much less of a hedge than it used to be. Similarly many US companies are now multinational with major overseas interests. Some derive over half of their revenue from international sales.

Many would suggest that you should own international investment. International mutual funds are the best way to do it. And if you feel that economies in certain areas are likely to do better than the US, you can focus your investments in those markets.

International investing can be a winner, but in recent times not a barn burner. Not a bad idea, but not a high priority in my experience.

As to your investments, the Dow to me is a bit narrow. It is only 30 stocks. They tend to be industry leaders but also mature and hence not high growth stocks. A broader index that included small caps might be more appropriate. VTI is one from Vanguard, but there are others. You might also consider a growth fund or hot sector funds if you find some you like for a portion of your funds.
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