Investors are looking to invest internationally in 2011 and beyond, a sign that positive sentiment in emerging markets is growing, according to a survey released on Tuesday by Franklin Templeton.The survey of 13,076 respondents in 12 countries found that 62% of U.S. and global respondents plan to invest in international markets, including Brazil, Chile, Mexico, and India, over the next 10 years. Yet just 34% of respondents are currently investing outside of their own markets. At the same time only 33% believe their own country's market will perform better than the rest of the world in 2011, said Franklin Templeton, which shows a willingness to consider opportunities globally.
“With an improved global economic outlook, investors are increasingly looking worldwide for investment opportunities. A diversified portfolio today is no longer just a mix of asset classes, but also a mix of geographies,” said Greg Johnson, president and chief executive officer of Franklin Templeton Investments. “As people, businesses and economies around the world become increasingly connected, we can expect to see a rise in trade and consumption and the expansion of stock markets over the next decade and beyond. Savvy investors are watching these trends and making investment decisions based on the growth potential they see globally.”