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3 Mutual Funds for an International Flavor

Many global markets are getting shellacked, but these international funds are still worth a look thanks to excellent management

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The numbers from last year were impressive — investors only had to buy S&P 500-tracking mutual funds to realize a very profitable year in 2013. With dividends reinvested, the market was up just more than 32% as virtually everyone was caught off guard by the strength and breadth of the move.

mutual-funds-international-stocksBut the great year enjoyed by the U.S. stock market left behind other markets in the world — the Vanguard Total International Index fund gained just 15% last year. Emerging markets dragged down overseas results as well and are off to a rough start in 2014.

Leadership is always changing, and there are interesting possibilities overseas that might play out well as 2014 unfolds.

Here are three well-managed no-load mutual funds that might benefit as other markets in the world continue to right their economic ships:

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