Introducing a new class of international investments: the middle class

More spending power translates into growth potential for global companies.


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.

International equity funds at Fidelity

Fidelity® Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
Fidelity's flagship international fund seeks long-term capital growth by investing primarily in the markets of the MSCI EAFE Index.

Fidelity® Emerging Markets Fund (FEMKX)
This fund is designed as a core holding for growth-oriented investors seeking emerging-markets exposure. It invests in high-quality cyclical growth stocks and steady growers benefiting from secular trends.

Fidelity® International Capital Appreciation Fund (FIVFX)
An opportunistic, go-anywhere fund dedicated to investing in high-quality companies that may also benefit from long-term megatrends.

Thought leadership

International outlook
International economies are growing, while valuations look relatively attractive.