|International Powerhouse |
As overseas markets continue to outperform,
money and ETF offerings have followed
"A lot of the reason that people became interested in international investing was that the international market was simply doing that much better than the U.S. market was," says Lipper senior research analyst Andrew Clark. However, a lot of the strong performance came from a weakening dollar, which hit a 20-month low vs. the euro on Monday. But there's no guarantee the dollar's slide will continue, and investors with 50% or 60% international exposure should "consider paring that back somewhat, especially if you have exposure outside of the" European Union, says Clark, who believes about 25%-30% international exposure is appropriate for most investors.