Countries around the world have had their share of economic prosperity and challenges that spill into both domestic and global markets. Peaks and valleys, expansions, and recessions are usually clearly defined and cyclical in nature.
You eliminate or minimize exposure to these countries in your portfolio to your own detriment, though, because nearly 70% of the global market capitalization is outside the United States. The United States still has a major portion, but both developed and emerging markets are increasingly seeking their piece of the pie.
Trade, currency, and economic issues all affect companies in different ways. Over time, countries encounter both challenges and ...