Looking overseas: The case for international investing

By: ETFdb
By Michael Lane, Head of iShares US Wealth Advisory for BlackRock The debate about international investing has raged for decades, on a range of topics including diversification benefits, how riskier companies in less developed countries can provide opportunities for greater returns, and how investors in countries around the world may make the mistake of assuming too much of a “home bias” when investing. Well, as we review portfolios from U.S. financial advisors, it seems the U.S. home bias has been growing. But is now the right time to turn away from the potential benefits of both developed and undeveloped international investing? After thirty-two years in the business, I’ve seen this play out many times where investors chase what has been hot and run from logical and reasonable investments.
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