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Using some of your investments for global stocks and funds makes sense for diversification. This is especially true with the uncertain outlook for the U.S. economy.
Of course, global investments also face a degree of uncertainty, but a strategy that includes international moves provides opportunities when investors find the right places to put their money worldwide. Investing a portion outside of U.S. stocks offers great benefits with just a little bit of international equities for long-term planning.
These are six of the best global investments most folks don’t know about:
- Guggenheim S&P High Income Infrastructure (GHII) — The exchange traded fund invests in global stocks dealing with high-yielding infrastructure performance, according to Investors Business Daily. The holdings include long-term government contracts with the ability to generate stable cash flow.
- Suncor Energy (SU) — The company works in Canada’s oil sands with headquarters in Calgary. The oil is mined like metal from the sands and has a lower cost than most U.S. energy producers. Ben Kirby, co-manager of Thornburg Investment Income Builder Fund, tells Fortune that Suncor can stay profitable even as oil prices level out.
- Cott (COT) — The leading global beverage company delivers water and coffee products throughout Europe and North America. It also produces beverages for distributors, brand owners, and retailers. A soft drink business, Cott became more diversified as consumers preferred healthier alternatives, Forbes points out.
- HanesBrands (HBI) — The global marketer of intimate apparel and underwear had a disappointing year in 2016. But Taesik Yoon, a Forbes editor, predicts a better 2017 with stronger growth from its new innovations and acquisitions for a healthier stock performance.
- Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (VWO) — The fund had good returns throughout 2016, but suffered from selloffs after the U.S. presidential election, Bloomberg reports. However, it is a low-cost fund with a predicted rebound and remains a good way to invest internationally.
- iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Small-Cap ETF (EEMS) — It also took a hit from the post-election selloff, but recovered nicely, according to Bloomberg. The fund includes more than three-quarters of assets in Asian countries, which promise solid growth potential in the long term.