The best values in stocks may be outside the U.S. – and can provide much-needed global balance to the average portfolio.
It's a Big World Out There
Proportion of world's equity market capitalization
Source: Bloomberg, as of March 31, 2019. 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.
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Source: Bloomberg, as of 12/31/18. International stocks are represented by the MSCI EAFE Index. U.S. stocks are represented by the MSCI USA Index. The MSCI EAFE Index is an unmanaged index of equity securities from developed countries in Western Europe, the Far East, and Australia. The MSCI USA Index is a market capitalization-weighted index that measures the performance of equity securities in the top 85% by market capitalization of equity securities listed on stock exchanges in the United States. 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.
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1Source: "World’s Cities in 2016 - Data Booklet"; by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division.
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Bloomberg World Exchange Market Capitalization Index calculates the market capitalization from all shares outstanding. WCAP data does not include ETFs and ADRs as they do not directly represent companies. It includes only actively traded, primary securities on the country’s exchanges to avoid double counting as well. Therefore the values will be significantly lower than market capitalization values of a country’s exchanges from other sources. The Bloomberg World Exchange Market Capitalization, ex U.S. index excludes U.S. securities.
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