It's best to diversify your holdings not only by market size and industry but also geographically. If the U.S. economy stalls or slides, your losses could be partially offset by investments in other economies that may still be performing well. Global dividend stocks offer an extra bonus, as dividends can be quite powerful. Internationally reaped ones can be a little more complicated than domestic ones, though.

More than a handful of global dividend stocks had strong performances over the past year. U.K.-based telecom titan Vodafone (NASDAQ: VOD) soared 54% and offers a good way to profit from Europe's rebounding economy. It's setting its sights further, too, recently winning approval to buy all of its Indian subsidiary (it currently owns 64% of it), and positioning itself to benefit more from India's growth. Other global dividend stocks didn't do quite as well over the last year, but could see their fortunes change in the coming years. Canada-based utility company TransAlta (NYSE: TAC ) shed 11%.

Source: Motley Fool

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