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Looking for some offshore diversification, but don't know what stocks to invest in? There's one country that offers you far more than you might expect

by , 29 July 2014

Investing some of your cash overseas can be beneficial to your portfolio.

It can allow you to invest in companies that you wouldn't have the chance to at home. You can increase your returns. And it lowers your portfolio's overall risk.

But if you do want to invest overseas, where should you look to? It may surprise you to learn, but Canada appears to be an ideal investment opportunity.

Let's take a closer look at why…


What’s so special about Canada?


As well as being one of the world’s richest countries, Canada is home to the 14th largest economy.

The country is rich in natural resources and has major manufacturing sectors, Alexander Green in Investment U explains. And its service industry provides jobs for 75% of its population.

Canada also ranks as one of the six most economically free countries in the world. As well as Canada this includes Hong Kong, Singapore, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand.

The Heritage Foundation measures a country’s freedom from coercion from its government and constraint to compile this ranking.

This is a good sign of free and fair government policy.


How to invest in Canada


Canada has an abundance of attractive investment opportunities if you look for them. But if you want exposure to the Canadian market as a whole, probably the best option is an exchange traded fund (ETF).

There aren’t any available to invest directly from South Africa. But there is the iShares MSCI Canada ETF has a listing on the New York Stock Exchange.

The Canadian markets has been hitting new highs of late.

So there you have it, if you’re looking for some offshore diversification, why Canada could be the perfect place to invest.

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Looking for some offshore diversification, but don't know what stocks to invest in? There's one country that offers you far more than you might expect
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