Companies with Global Reach

Investing in internationally based companies that are traded in U.S. markets is another way to get international exposure in your portfolio. While most companies trade as American Depositary Receipts (ADRs), some are listed directly as they are in their own local markets. Companies that list on U.S. exchanges must meet the SEC filing requirements of American companies. You are also paid dividends in U.S. dollars and enjoy voting rights, as you would with a U.S. corporation.

A related approach is to invest in U.S. companies, sometimes called multinationals, that have a major presence in other markets, selling their products, manufacturing them, or both. A significant percentage of the annual earnings of a number of U.S. corporations derive from overseas markets.