"Make the World Go Away," a country music standard, is not the song that international investment experts are singing in 2011.
They see safe global companies to invest in that are reasonably priced because so many investors have become petrified by world events. Some of the best examples are stable major companies expanding their products into high-growth emerging markets.
"Despite uncertainty in the world, not investing in international stocks is like investing in the U.S. but only in companies based on the
Emerging-market consumer stocks are attractive, especially those in
"The first thing investors must keep in mind is that not all emerging markets are created equal ... investing in
Last May when everyone was "freaking out" about
A conservative way for investors to play emerging markets is through the Swiss-based company
Apparently even oil-price woes are not significant enough to make the world's industries grind to a halt.
"Oil prices are not a recovery killer for either the world or the U.S., and the markets are ignoring them," observed
"The sovereign debt issues in
In an exchange-traded fund, the
"Telecoms and utilities are the conservative bets and they continue to generate good cash flow," said Nichols. "They don't grow a lot but they pay nice dividends, with the average telecom yield in
Nichols believes investors should take a close look at the following reliable foreign stocks as possible investments with staying power:
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