US & Foreign Stocks: Similar But Not

US & Foreign Stocks: Similar But Not
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U.S. AND FOREIGN STOCKS are highly correlated, with monthly returns that move in the same direction almost all the time. Because of this, some have argued that there’s scant reason to diversify internationally. But there’s a small problem with this argument: Just because investments move in the same direction doesn’t mean they generate the same return. 

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