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Top 5 Reasons To Start Investing Internationally

Are you an investor at heart who has a thirst for knowledge?

If you are, then it is great time to start investing in international companies. Don’t be put off by the fear that investing overseas is investing in the unknown. Chances are you know a lot more about international companies than local companies.

Let’s go through the top 5 reasons why we think it is a great time to start investing in listed international companies.

1. It can be highly profitable

You’ve probably come across the S&P/ASX 200 which is an index of the largest 200 listed companies in Australia. There is a similar index for international shares called the MSCI World Index. This contains the largest listed international companies from 23 different share markets around the world.

If you had invested $10,000 in the MSCI World Index at the end of February 2013, three years later that would be worth over approximately $16,700 in February 2016. That is an average annual return of nearly 19% per year (measured in Australian dollars). Of course, past returns are no guarantee of future returns but the fact is investing internationally has been highly profitable in the last few years.

2. You already know a lot about international companies

On a daily basis, do you use more products and services from large Australian companies or large international companies?

Besides banking at an Australian bank or shopping at Coles or Woolworths, a lot of your time and money is probably spent being a customer of international companies. Just to name a few, your mobile phone, medicine, computer and car are most likely products of large listed international companies. Let’s not forget when you are online, you probably spend quite a bit of time on the sites of US listed companies such as Facebook and Google.

Being a repeat customer of all these international companies means you are already quite familiar with how they operate. For example, do you know more about the US listed company Facebook or the Australian listed mining company Rio Tinto?

3. It is now much easier to start investing overseas

Investing in international companies has become a lot easier in the past few years. Many of the popular online stockbrokers such as CommSec and nabtrade offer international share trading services.

If you would rather not trade international shares directly, you can always put your money into managed funds that invest in international listed companies. These managed funds are operated by professional fund managers who have a lot of experience investing internationally.

4. You can diversify your investments to long term global trends

There are a lot of exciting and innovative global trends happening right now. For example, the growth in online shopping has really taken off with global e-commerce sales forecast to reach US$1 trillion this year. Since Australia’s share market is dominated by the banks and resources companies, it is unusual to find many large listed domestic companies that will benefit significantly from long term global trends like the surge in online shopping or the trend towards healthy living.

Investing in the right international shares will most likely help diversify your investment portfolio. It will also help you get exposure to a number of proven long term global trends.

5. It is a great way to learn

Investing is serious business. However, it should also be interesting and engaging.

For example, did you know that baby boomers are the fast growing segment of Facebook’s user base? How about the fact that an Italian company called Luxottica is a big reason why many people around the world pay hundreds of dollars for sunglasses (which seemingly cost so little to manufacture)?

If you are curious by nature, investing in large listed international companies also provides a great way to keep learning about the world.

Visit www.atlastrend.com for a simple and transparent way to start your international investing journey.

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Kent Kwan is a co-founder of AtlasTrend, a global equities fund manager that makes it easy for anyone to invest in the world's most thriving trends.

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Any managed investment fund product (Fund) mentioned in this communication is offered at www.atlastrend.com via a Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) which will contain all the details of the offer. The PDS is issued by Fundhost Limited as responsible entity for the investment fund products. Before making any decision to make or hold any investment in a Fund you should consider the PDS in full. The PDS is available at www.atlastrend.com or by calling AtlasTrend on 1800 589 778. Investment returns are not guaranteed. Past performance is not an indicator of future performance.



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