See how our strategies connect investors to great companies
in both developed and emerging markets.
Two good reasons to look outside the U.S.:
Better diversification and access to great companies
3 Distinct Approaches to the International Opportunity
These high-quality active strategies take a selective approach to access the potential in three key
international sectors — from core strategies to specialized solutions like small caps and emerging markets.
Is the Time Coming for International Leadership?
International and U.S. stocks have historically alternated periods of leadership over time. Maintaining a core international allocation as part of your total equity portfolio can help you participate when these shifts unfold and potentially diversify the political and economic risks associated with overreliance on one market.
Legg Mason equity managers ClearBridge Investments, Martin Currie and Royce & Associates believe demographic trends and market cyclicality continue to favor international markets long-term.
Will the U.S. outperform the world forever?
Source: FactSet, as of 12/31/18. Past performance is no guarantee of future returns. All investments involve risk, including loss of principal. Chart shows performance of S&P 500 vs. MSCI EAFE. The S&P 500 Index is an unmanaged index of 500 stocks that is generally representative of the performance of larger companies in the U.S. The MSCI EAFE Index is an unmanaged index of equity securities from developed countries in Western Europe, the Far East, and Australia. Indexes are unmanaged, and not available for direct investment. Index returns do not include fees or sales charges. This information is provided for illustrative purposes only and does not reflect the performance of an actual investment.
Insights on International Equity
International stocks are gaining traction with investors — but passive strategies may not be the best guide to opportunity. ClearBridge's Eliza Mazen explains why an active approach to diversifying international growth stocks may make more sense.
Many investors have historically been hesitant to invest in emerging markets, concerned about currency volatility, political instability and an overreliance on commodities. Yet this view is increasingly outdated as the sector evolves.
1 Source: Bloomberg. As of December 31, 2017, the U.S. represented 36.5% of world equity market capitalization. World market capitalization represented by Bloomberg World Exchange Market Capitalization Index, ex-U.S. U.S. market capitalization represented by U.S. portion of Bloomberg World Exchange Market Capitalization Index.
2 The Morningstar Rating™ for funds, or “star rating”, is as of January 31, 2019 and is calculated for managed products (including mutual funds, variable annuity and variable life subaccounts, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, and separate accounts) with at least a three-year history, and subject to change monthly. Current monthly ratings can be found at leggmason.com. Exchange-traded funds and open-ended mutual funds are considered a single population for comparative purposes. It is calculated based on a Morningstar Risk Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a managed product’s monthly excess performance, placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of products in each product category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars, and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. The Overall Morningstar Rating for a managed product is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five-, and 10-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. The weights are: 100% three-year rating for 36-59 months of total return, 60% five-year rating/40% three-year rating for 60-119 months of total returns, and 50% 10-year rating/30% five-year rating/20% three-year rating for 120 or more months of total return. While the 10-year overall star rating formula seems to give the most weight to the 10-year period, the most recent three-year period actually has the greatest impact because it is included in all three rating periods. Ratings do not take into account the effects of sales charges and loads. Class I shares of ClearBridge International Growth Fund were rated against 364, 315 and 228 Foreign Large Growth funds over the 3-, 5- and 10-year periods, respectively. With respect to these funds, Class I shares of the Fund received Morningstar Ratings of 5, 5, and 5 for the 3-, 5- and 10-year periods, respectively. Class I shares of Martin Currie Emerging Markets Fund were rated against 713, N/A and N/A Diversified Emerging Markets funds over the 3-, 5- and 10-year periods, respectively. With respect to these funds, Class I shares of the Fund received Morningstar Ratings of 4, N/A, and N/A for the 3-, 5- and 10-year periods, respectively. Ratings shown are for the highest and lowest rated share classes only, when available. Morningstar Rating is for the specified share class(es) only; other classes may have different performance characteristics. A 4- or 5-star rating does not necessarily imply that a fund achieved positive results for the period. Overall ranking shown for Class I shares which are not generally available to retail investors.
3Source: "World’s Cities in 2016 - Data Booklet", by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division.
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