"International investing still an opportunity to consider" By John Dickerson & Hawes Dickerson Financial Advisors Edward Jones

   Columbus Day is observed on Oct. 9.
   As an investor, you don’t have to “cross the ocean blue,” as Columbus did, to explore opportunities – but it may be a good idea to put some of your money to work outside the United States.
   U.S. markets are now worth less than half of the total world markets, and growth in the rest of the world is likely to keep expanding the number of global opportunities.
   You can take advantage of that global growth by putting part of your portfolio into international investments in developed and emerging markets.
   Owning international investments may help protect your portfolio somewhat from the effects of any downturn in U.S. markets, because international markets may be moving in a different direction.
   International investing does carry its own challenges, such as currency risk and political instability.
   Given these risks, you probably should work with a financial professional to determine if international investments are appropriate for your portfolio.
   Still, don’t be afraid to consider expanding your investment horizons.
   This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

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