Going Global with ETFs

Here are some choice exchange-traded funds that can boost your international exposurewithout hefty costs

International stocks are widely expected to outperform their U.S. counterparts for a sixth straight year in 2007 (see BusinessWeek.com, 11/17/06, "World Won't Sniffle if U.S. Sneezes"). Even after such a lengthy winning streak, now might be as good a time as any to follow the experts' advice and make sure your portfolio has proper international exposure, pegged by some analysts at 20% of total holdings. Exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, can be a smart, low-cost route to a globally diversified portfolio.

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