This fund's geographic breakdown is a who's who among emerging markets. Brazil, Taiwan, Turkey, and South Africa represent the largest chunks of the fund's index.

As we have seen over the past few years, the path to economic recovery is not a smoothly paved road. Rather, as we progress further, we are sure to run into new hurdles and storms.

Dividends and international investing strategies have paid off well and will continue to do so in the near future. Investors can take advantage of both techniques using IDV, PID, IVFCX, and DEM.

Written by Don Dion in Williamstown, Mass.

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At the time of publication, Dion Money Management owns iShares Dow Jones Select Dividend Index Fund and Federated International Strategic Value Dividend Fund.

Don Dion is president and founder of Dion Money Management, a fee-based investment advisory firm to affluent individuals, families and nonprofit organizations, where he is responsible for setting investment policy, creating custom portfolios and overseeing the performance of client accounts. Founded in 1996 and based in Williamstown, Mass., Dion Money Management manages assets for clients in 49 states and 11 countries. Dion is a licensed attorney in Massachusetts and Maine and has more than 25 years' experience working in the financial markets, having founded and run two publicly traded companies before establishing Dion Money Management.

Dion also is publisher of the Fidelity Independent Adviser family of newsletters, which provides to a broad range of investors his commentary on the financial markets, with a specific emphasis on mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. With more than 100,000 subscribers in the U.S. and 29 other countries, Fidelity Independent Adviser publishes six monthly newsletters and three weekly newsletters. Its flagship publication, Fidelity Independent Adviser, has been published monthly for 11 years and reaches 40,000 subscribers.

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