Over the years, studies have consistently shown that investing in both domestic equities and foreign stocks reduces portfolio risk while enhancing returns. In addition, the primacy of the US equity markets has greatly diminished with its share of global stock market capitalization declining steadily. This is why investors can no longer limit themselves to domestic investments. By holding widely diversified portfolios selected after careful research, global mutual funds offer a secure an attractive opportunity for investors looking at this category.
Below we will share with you 5 top rated global mutual funds. Each has earned a Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) as we expect these mutual funds to outperform their peers in the future. To view the Zacks Rank and past performance of all global funds, investors can click here to see the complete list of funds .
Oppenheimer Global Value A (GLVAX) invests in undervalued securities issued by domestic and foreign companies. The fund does not impose any limit on investment in foreign securities of any country. Funds are invested irrespective of the company's market cap. This global fund returned 44.66% over the last one year period
The fund manager is Randall Dishmonand he has managed this global mutual fund since 2007.
Dodge & Cox Global Stock (DODWX) seeks income and principal growth on a long term basis. A minimum of 40% of assets are invested in foreign securities of at least three countries inclusive of developing and emerging nations. The global mutual fund returned 36.52% over the last one year period.
The global mutual fund has an expense ratio of 0.65% compared to a category average of 1.35%.
ING International Value Equity A (NAWGX) invests a majority of assets in equity securities. A minimum of 65% of assets is invested in equity securities issued by companies situated in foreign countries. Generally, investments are parked in large cap companies. However, the fund may also invest in small and mid-cap companies. The global mutual fund returned 23.65% over the last one year period.
As of March 2013, this global mutual fund held 86 issues, with 3.13% of its total assets invested in Roche Holding AG.
AllianceBern Global Thematic A (ALTFX) seeks capital growth on a long term basis. Funds are invested in securities issued by both foreign and domestic companies Investments are made across many sectors and in no less than three countries. The fund focuses on minimizing risk and maximizing growth opportunities. The global mutual fund returned 19.63% over the last one year period.
The fund manager is Joseph P. Carson and he has managed this global mutual fund since 2008.
Royce Global Value (RIVFX) invests a minimum of 40% of assets in securities of foreign companies which are from a minimum of three different countries. A minimum of 35% of assets is also invested in non-convertible debt which may be either domestic or foreign in nature. The global mutual fund returned 12.76% over the last one year period.
The global mutual fund has an expense ratio of 1.69% compared to a category average of 1.35%.
To view the Zacks Rank and past performance of all global mutual funds, investors can click here to see the complete list of funds .
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