Foreign Stocks

Foreign stocks are equities that are traded in markets outside of an investor’s primary country. The advantages to foreign stocks are that they offer diversification of not only economies, but also currencies. If one bought foreign stocks as their own currency declined, this would add returns to their portfolio. Conversely, if their own currency gained, this would have a negative impact on foreign stocks. Brokerage fees may be an additional cost incurred for foreign stocks.


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