NEW YORK ( Stockpickr) -- U.S. investors have been repeatedly told that it pays to bring international exposure to your portfolio. It's good advice. Foreign investments help you capitalize on the key trends playing out elsewhere in the world and reduce the chance that your nest egg will fail to grow if the U.S. market treads water.Yet in recent quarters, foreign exposure has been a millstone as major stock markets across the globe of been slumping badly. Investing in Europe has been especially painful. For example, the Vanguard Europe ETF (VGK), which owns a basket of European blue chips, has underperformed the S&P 500 by nearly 25 percentage points over the past 12 months.
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