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Our Approach

When considering foreign companies, it’s essential to understand the cultural, political, and economic environments in which they operate. Investing in international equities is a sound diversification strategy, but foreign markets have more to offer.

Mercator looks for innovation abroad where top companies have the edge over their global competitors. Great wealth creators overseas boast expertise not found in the US: Germany, for example, is home to some of the best engineering companies in the world. France and Italy have some of the best luxury brands. Japan’s machine tool industry is second to none. Switzerland is synonymous with watchmaking. Great Britain and the Netherlands have long traditions of entrepreneurship. A Taiwanese and a Korean company together dominate the global semiconductor fabrication industry.