NEW YORK (
) -- Today's economic climate is not ideal for investors looking for international exposure.
With debt crises threatening the stability of the euro region and monetary tightening weakening China's markets, the developed and emerging global landscape is filled with challenges that can upend even the most conservative, well-diversified portfolio.
Despite all these dangers, there are still a few bright spots across the globe that may still provide investors with an adequate source of stability. One of the more notable regions is Latin America.
The nations that lay south of the U.S. border -- Mexico, Brazil, Peru, and Chile -- have performed well throughout the global economic crisis and, thanks to a number of factors, including manageable public debt and strong financial systems, the trend towards stability appears to have legs.
Going forward, as long as Latin American nations continue to see growth, they may prove to be the best region for investors looking to weather the storms facing the rest of the world's markets.
Effectively playing the nations of South and Central America requires individuals to closely examine the investment options currently available to the average retail investor. While there are a number of investment vehicles actively trading with provide investors with exposure to the markets of Brazil, Mexico, Peru and other Latin American nations on an individual basis, in this discussion I will look at two funds that provide exposure to the region as a whole.