Compared with U.S. stock funds and broad international stock funds, funds that specialize in emerging foreign markets are a bit like Usain Bolt sprinting against mere mortals. They leave the competition far behind. But this class of investment also carries a lot of volatility.

As shown in the Lucky 13 chart below, emerging non-U.S. stocks, as measured by the MSCI EM Index, have outperformed the U.S. stocks (as measured by the S&P 500) and the stocks of developed non-U.S. markets (the MSCI EAFE Index) over the past 13 years.

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