Bulletin
Investor Alert
Mark Hulbert

Retirement Weekly Archives Subscribe

Nov. 16, 2018, 2:15 p.m. EST

Darkest before the dawn?

A compelling case can be made for international stocks over domestic

By Mark Hulbert, MarketWatch


Getty Images

Don’t give up on international stocks!

I concede that retirees have been hearing that advice for many years now, and have little to show for it. Over the last five years, for example, U.S. stocks have beaten international stocks by an annualized margin of 8.0 percentage points (as measured by the Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund /zigman2/quotes/202876707/realtime VTSMX -3.37%  and the Vanguard Total International Stock Market Fund /zigman2/quotes/210096929/realtime VGTSX -3.19% ). U.S. stocks’ margin of victory over the last decade comes to 6.7 annualized percentage points. These are huge differences.

/zigman2/quotes/202876707/realtime
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 61.74
-2.15 -3.37%
Volume: 0.00
March 27, 2020
loading...
/zigman2/quotes/210096929/realtime
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 13.35
-0.44 -3.19%
Volume: 0.00
March 27, 2020
loading...

Mark Hulbert has been tracking the advice of more than 160 financial newsletters since 1980.

Link to MarketWatch's Slice.