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World-stock funds offer one-stop diversification with the leeway to shift in and out of trouble spots.

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A debt crisis in Europe. A sluggish economy at home. Slowing growth in China. Almost anywhere investors look these days, it seems like nothing but dark clouds as far as the eye can see.

With so much uncertainty in the global economy, investors interested in stock funds might want to consider the world-stock category. Unlike traditional foreign-stock funds, which invest only in non-U.S. companies, world-stock funds can invest in stocks based anywhere, including the U.S. This flexibility makes world-stock funds potentially attractive to investors who like their managers to have free rein on where they allocate resources.

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Adam Zoll does not own shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.