Why Invest Overseas
The Importance of Overseas Markets
We believe that UK investors should not feel confined to the UK equity market when making their investment decisions.
The UK stock market only represents a fraction of the global investment universe and there are a number of sectors that are under-represented in the UK. To gain greater portfolio diversification, and to participate in some of the most compelling investment themes, investors should take a global perspective in their portfolio construction. International diversification can give investors access to higher structural growth opportunities than exist in the UK alone, and also reduce the risk of being exposed to a single currency, economy or political framework.
Investing overseas is not without risk. Investors may be exposed to currency risk, whereby the value of an international holding can be subject to fluctuations in exchange rates. It should be noted, however, that many UK companies conduct a significant amount of business overseas, so their performance could also be affected by global currency movements. International investing can also expose investors to political and regulatory risk and shareholder protection may not be as robust as in the UK. Additionally, international investors may incur withholding taxes on dividends that may not be able to be recovered, impacting the income an investor receives.
Investing in countries with stable political systems and shareholder-friendly regulations can help to mitigate some of these risks. We believe that the diversification benefits of investing internationally are strong and that UK investors should consider broadening their investment horizons.
We encourage you to contact your Investment Manager if you would like to discuss any of this further.