Don’t always bet on the home team.


Holding all of your savings in cash or local bonds may seem like a safe bet, but by always favoring local products you may be limiting your investment return opportunities. International exposure is essential for a well-diversified portfolio, and iShares ETFs offer a world of opportunity.

What is international investing?

International investing is an investment strategy that involves selecting global investment instruments as part of an investment portfolio.

People often invest internationally to expand diversification and distribute investment risk between markets and global companies.

Why invest internationally?

In Latin America many people prefer to keep their savings in cash or invest in domestic stocks or bonds that leave them exposed to local market volatility. This phenomenon is known as "national bias” and is in stark contrast to how sophisticated investors across the globe invest. As economic growth slows in Latin America and interest rates decrease, investors are missing out on potential sources of return by not investing internationally.

Sometimes when it’s raining in Mexico, the sun is coming out in Germany

Three portfolios. Three different levels of international investment.
Three reactions to historical market shocks.

Sometimes when it’s raining in Mexico, the sun is coming out in Germany.

Mexico local exposure comprised of the following:
FOUSA05PVQ –S&P/BMV IPC PR MXN, weight: 40
Mexico JPM GBI EM – Mexico JMP GBI EM, weight: 60
International stocks comprised of:
ACWI – MSCI All Country World Index, weight: 100

Risk to date

Performance to date


Source: Morningstar Direct, MPI Stylus from January 4, 2010 to May 31 2019 in MXN. Data start date is based on index inception.
Cash/risk free rate: Mexican Nuevo Peso Benchmark: Mexico Local Exposure. Rebalance Frequency: Monthly.
This information is strictly for illustrative and educational purposes and is subject to change. This information does not represent the actual current, past or future holdings or portfolio of any BlackRock client. All returns are net of fees. Past performance does not guarantee future results.
Index returns are for illustrative purposes only. Index performance returns do not reflect any management fees, transaction costs or expenses. Indexes are unmanaged, and one cannot invest directly in an index.
All hypothetical graphics based on index performance only, not on fund performance.

Why iShares for international investing?

Invest in the long-term growth of companies across different sectors and geographies.
iShares offers a set of quality alternatives at a competitive price.
A suite of international products for your portfolio.

Build an international strategy

International ETFs that all investors should consider having at the core of their portfolio:

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