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The Foreign-Stock Funds in Morningstar's 401(k)

Great managers and low costs are available even overseas.

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A few months ago, I walked you through the domestic-stock funds and bond funds in Morningstar's 401(k), and now it's time for the foreign-stock fund lineup.

We have five foreign-stock funds: three to cover the bases in the foreign-stock style box and two to cover emerging markets. While the three diversified foreign funds work nicely in concert together or in pairs, the emerging-markets funds are intended as an either-or choice.

In choosing our funds, we look for great management, a sound strategy, and low costs. You can't make quick changes to 401(k) funds for a number of logistical reasons, so that leads us to place extra emphasis on stable management. Let's take a look.

Russel Kinnel has a position in the following securities mentioned above: VWILX, DODFX, NEWFX. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.