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Do High-Quality International Stocks Have A Place In Your Portfolio?

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Nokia (NYSE: NOK), AstraZeneca (NASDAQ: AZN) and ASML Holding (NASDAQ: ASML) are among the most popular non-U.S. developed-market stocks.

So far in 2021, all three are outperforming the S&P 500, the most widely used benchmark for large-cap domestic stocks. Their gains are:

Professional investors understand that balance is crucial in a long-term portfolio. That balance includes several asset classes, including stocks from non-U.S. developed markets.

In a recent report evaluating prospects for the second half of 2021, brokerage LPL commented on developed international stocks. Analysts wrote, “The improved value-style performance has opened the door for developed international stocks to potentially outperform U.S. stocks for the first time in over a decade. The recovery the U.S. is currently experiencing from COVID-19 still lies ahead for Europe and Japan.”

Wisdom Tree, an exchange-traded fund sponsor and asset manager, also issued a note touting the potential for quality international stocks.........

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