Our favourite global equity funds

These top picks make it easy to diversify across geographies.

Christopher Davis 3 December, 2015 | 6:00PM

Note: This article is part of Morningstar's 2015 Global Equities Week special report.

Despite its vast land mass, Canada is a small fry in the global markets. Accounting for roughly 3% of the world's total market capitalization, its stock market makes up a tiny slice of the global market. Investing outside the country makes good investing sense: The remaining 97% of the globe provides much needed diversification away from Canada's commodity-oriented market and from the Canadian dollar. (Analyst Jeff Bunce lays out the case for global investing in much greater depth here.)

Some investors build global portfolios by stitching together U.S., developed international and emerging market funds, while others opt for single funds investing in them all. There are good reasons to take the former approach. For one, it's easier for investors to control their asset allocations. Many global funds limit regional or country bets, but the weightings still can shift significantly, making them a tougher fit within a portfolio. Second, expecting a single fund to invest successfully across many different markets is a tall order. Choosing regional specialists means you don't have to.

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Christopher Davis

Christopher Davis  Christopher Davis is Director of Manager Research at Morningstar Canada.