Growing middle class creates opportunities for international funds
We are in the midst of the most rapid expansion of the middle class the world has ever seen. At the end of 2016, there were 3.2 billion people in the global middle class — a growth fueled largely by developing markets.1 That number is expected to increase at an average rate of 160 million people annually over the next 5 years.1 This creates opportunities for international funds, as increased disposable income for millions of people means more spending power and growth potential for global companies to serve these markets.
Why consider investing in international equities?
- Over the past 60+ years (1950–2018), a globally balanced portfolio has delivered, on average, a risk-adjusted return that is 8% higher than a portfolio with only domestic securities2
- Only 27% of the world's publicly traded companies are based in the US3
- 75% of global GDP comes from non-US countries4
Why invest internationally with Fidelity?
International markets are changing. With over 55 years of experience investing in international markets, backed by a global team of almost 300 research analysts, Fidelity is uniquely positioned to manage international stock portfolios for investors.