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Old 01-01-2015, 10:28 AM   #21
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I feel your pain. Starting in January 2014, I started buying a lot of VTMGX to bring my AA up to 20% foreign stocks. VTMGX lost 5.2% this year. But since I decided to DCA into the fund over 11 months, my personal rate of return was -8%.

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Old 01-01-2015, 11:30 AM   #22
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LOL! - actually Shanghai was up this year and the number is closer to 50 percent. Very little forex impact in this number.

I too have been adding to VXUS throughout the 4th quarter.

Look at the top 20 holdings of most broad international etf's -- fairly heavy weighted toward energy and commodities and we know what oil did the past 6 months.

Keep to your AA

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Old 01-02-2015, 11:43 AM   #23
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PS. The dividend yield on VXUS is 3.4% as of today. The risk of getting yield here is a lot higher than utilities ... International oil and gas holdings - petrobras. Shell etc have taken it on the chin hammering this international basket of stocks.

Will be interesting to see oil patch dividend cuts & Impact VXUS yield and by how much...

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