Until recently, many investors stayed clear of international stocks. Financial advisors recommended small allocations of 10% or so to international stocks for diversification, but for the most part, they told their clients to focus on U.S. stocks. Fears of currency devaluations, unfamiliar business practices, and lack of transparency seemed to support these arguments, as did the robust performance of U.S. markets.

But now, the global economy has made it clear that strong companies can be found all over the world. If you arbitrarily rule out companies outside the U.S., you might still make money, but you'll miss out on a host of lucrative investments in the world's fastest-growing economies.

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