Why Investors Should Consider Boosting Their Allocation to International Small Caps
The STOXX Europe Large 200 Index is a fixed component index designed to provide a representation of large capitalization companies in Europe. The STOXX Europe Mid 200 Index is a fixed component number index designed to provide a representation of mid capitalization companies in Europe. The STOXX Europe Small 200 Index is a fixed component index designed to provide a representation of small capitalization companies in Europe. All three indexes are derived from the STOXX Europe 600 Index and covers Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Czech Republic, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
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Note about Risk: The value of investments in equity securities will fluctuate in response to general economic conditions and to changes in the prospects of particular companies and/or sectors in the economy. Investments in small and mid cap companies involve greater risks not associated with investing in more established companies, such as business risk, significant stock price fluctuations, and illiquidity. Investing in international securities generally poses greater risk than investing in domestic securities, including greater price fluctuations and higher transaction costs. Special risks are inherent to international investing, including those related to currency fluctuations and foreign, political, and economic events. With respect to certain foreign countries, there is a possibility of nationalization, expropriation or confiscatory taxation, imposition of withholding or other taxes, and political or social instability that could affect investments in those countries. The securities markets of emerging countries tend to be less liquid, especially subject to greater price volatility, have a smaller capitalization, less government regulation, and may not be subject to as extensive and frequent accounting, financial, and other reporting requirements as securities issued in more developed countries. Further, investing in the securities of issuers located in certain emerging countries may present a greater risk of loss resulting from problems in security registration and custody or substantial economic or political disruptions. No investing strategy can overcome all market volatility or guarantee future results.
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