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I don't want to play an away game, where I don't know all the rules. So the answer is no. There's plenty to do here."

To which John Templeton would reply..."Thank you."


There's no right or wrong here IMO. You have to do what you're comfortable with.

Personally, I mostly focus on US stocks because it's easier to get the information I need to make investment decisions from my arm-chair through the internet.

Because it's Tim's day-job, he can afford to spend a lot of time digging into the information about stocks in foreign markets. Even then, he'll have an information gap. If only because you'll miss some publications in a language you don't speak. But also because of a different culture of disclosure and business ethics. Witness AOB.

I suppose you could philosophise whether more information, available to everyone, is a good thing or bad. I tend toward the former.

On top of that there's the dollar. Nobody knows of course where it is headed. But you can't ignore the fact it's down 30% compared to six months ago against currencies like the BRL (2.50 then vs. 1.71 now).

Mark
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