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International Dividend Stocks; Do You Really Need Them?

Published Thu, 16 May 2019 05:34:35 -0400 on Seeking Alpha

I read about many dividend bloggers who just love international dividend stocks. International companies open the door to additional diversification and growth vectors. Since many international dividend stocks trade on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), it is easy to buy them. In fact, some of the international stocks even pay their dividend in US dollars!
But the interest for "exotic" dividend payers exceed the passion of a few bloggers. I've experienced it myself through my blog and my investing service. Members have the possibilities to request stock analysts on the company of their choice. Since I created DSR in 2013, I have received many requests to review various international companies. Personally, I've been sceptical about them. In fact, I don't really like international dividend stocks.
As you already noted, my blog and my personal portfolio have been built around the North American markets. I personally believe that I have it covered as the U.S. and Canadian markets represent 43% of the world market capitalization:

Source: Bloomberg
The Canadian market gives me a great exposure to exceptional companies in the "closed" market of Banks. Telecoms and utilities. As I like to dig further, I also found a few hidden gems among other Canadian picks (here's how I found my picks on the Canadian market).
Then, the U.S. market opens the possibility for many international companies that are based just south of the border. Companies like Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL),... Read more