Why Foreign Stocks Could Beat U.S. Stocks Over The Next Few Years

I have written many times before that no country is the consistent winner in equity market returns every year. The winner in one year could be the loser in next and vice versa. Though US stocks have performed very well for over a decade now, their leadership could be overtaken by their foreign peers. According to an article by Jeffrey Kleintop of Charles Schwab now may be the time to invest in foreign equities. From the article:

Change in leadership

Market leadership usually switches between U.S. and international stocks at the start of a new economic cycle:

  • In the 1980s, international stocks—led by Japan—outperformed the United States for most of the decade.
  • In the 1990s, the dot-com economy paved the way for U.S. stock market leadership.
  • In the 2000s, international markets again took the lead—until the 2008–2009 global financial crisis restored the reign of U.S. stocks (see “And the winner is …,” below).

And the winner is …

U.S. and international stocks keep trading the title of greatest annualized total returns.

Source: Charles Schwab and Bloomberg, as of 10/27/2020. Annualized total return between cycle peaks measured by MSCI USA Index and MSCI EAFE Index. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

These changes in leadership typically are triggered by a breakdown in fundamentals, such as unsustainably high stock valuations and dwindling earnings expectations. We’re currently seeing signs of fundamental deterioration in U.S. stocks—and as a result, international stocks may again take the lead.

Source: Is It Time to Increase Your International Exposure, Schwab

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  • SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (DIA)
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  • Vanguard Developed Markets Index Fund ETF (VEA)

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