Surprisingly enough, the US rarely has the top performing stock market in the world. During the last ten years, the US stock market has been the top performer less that 20% of the time* (*Source GT Global ) If you invest in mutual funds you should consider making international investments part of your portfolio. The only way to profit from the strong markets of other countries is to participate.
Many American investors think of risk when they think of global
Risk exists in international markets just as it exists in the US markets. There's also significant opportunity international just as there is in the US markets.
Many of the world's largest and most stable companies are international: companies such as Nokia, Burger King, Holiday Inn, DaimlerChrysler, Nestle, Sony, Mitsubishi and others are all headquartered outside of the United States.
Choosing The Right Investments
The question is, how do you choose the right investment vehicles to take advantage of international opportunities? Global investing does not necessarily mean risk in unproved territory. On average more than 7 out of the top ten worldwide companies in the areas of banking, auto manufacturers, airlines, cement and food services are companies that are based outside the US.