Hi Everyone,

Strong performance from the U.S. equity markets often results in investors ignoring the larger global economy. You may not want to do it.

Here’s why,


Outside the U.S.

100% of the time, over the past 30 years, the top-performing equity market has been outside the U.S. 1

That fact surprised me.

80% of global GDP (gross domestic product) comes from non-U.S. countries. 2

Only 26% of the world’s publicly traded companies are based in the United States.3

If you are a long-term growth investor and would like to discuss the appropriateness of investing abroad, please contact me to ascertain risks involved as they are often greater than investing domestically and are not suited for everyone.

Until next week,

Susan R. Linkous

Sources & Stuff

1 -MSCI All Country benchmark returns 1983-2013.

2 – Gross domestic product based on purchasing-power-parity (PPP) share of world total. IMF, Haver Analytics.

3 – FactSet as of 11/30/2013. Data presented for the MSCI AC World Index, which represents 44 countries and contains 2,436 stocks. The index is not intended to represent the entire global universe of tradable securities.

International investing involves additional risk such as political and currency.

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