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Foreign Index Funds and Dunn's Law

Daniel Sotiroff (daniel.sotiroff@morningstar.com)

With many foreign stock index funds turning in mediocre performance over the past decade, investors may be wondering: Is the case for indexing foreign stocks dead? The primary thesis for investing with index funds is well-known and accepted. Investors get a diversified portfolio of stocks at a low expense ratio, and low fees should translate into superior performance relative to the more expensive, actively managed alternatives in a given asset class.