International Equities: Waitin’ on a Sunny Day

November 14, 2022 | Evan Frazier, CFA, CAIA, Senior Research Analyst, Julia Sheehan, Research Associate

In recent years, international stocks have underperformed their domestic counterparts by a significant margin. Specifically, the MSCI ACWI ex-US index has compounded annual returns at just 3.3% over the last decade through the end of October, compared to an annualized return of 12.8% for the S&P 500 index. This current stretch marks the longest period of relative outperformance on a trailing 5-year basis for either index since the early 2000s.

This newsletter examines a host of factors that have contributed to this pattern of performance, including differences in composition between U.S. and international equity indices, currency movements, and geopolitics and analyzes the diversification benefits of international equity allocations within portfolios despite performance challenges.

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The opinions expressed herein are those of Marquette Associates, Inc. (“Marquette”), and are subject to change without notice. This material is not financial advice or an offer to purchase or sell any product. Marquette reserves the right to modify its current investment strategies and techniques based on changing market dynamics or client needs.

Evan Frazier, CFA, CAIA
Senior Research Analyst

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Julia Sheehan
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