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While equities have plunged around the globe, writes William Samuel Rocco of Morningstar, world-allocation funds have performed better than — or, at least, haven’t performed as badly as — world-stock funds or domestic large cap funds.

“World-allocation funds can–and do–make full use of the asset-class spectrum, while world-stock offerings focus on equities and world-bond funds concentrate on fixed-income securities,” he says. World-allocation funds have about 40 percent of their assets in cash, short-term credits and higher-quality intermediate-term U.S. and foreign bonds.

Rocco warns against picking these funds casually, though. More than half of the world-allocation funds opened recently are untested, and some older funds are expensive or poorly managed.


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