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It probably has to do with correlation. i.e. international stocks are going to be more correlated with each other than with their appropriate sized U.S. counterparts. You could break up the international into different sizes, but I'd argue that breaking it up into different countries/geographies would give you a better correlations (i.e. large cap and small cap in Brazil will be more correlated than large cap in Brazil and large cap in China.

-Brian (whose portfolio allocation only has two categories: healthcare and everything else)
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