Two Buys for International Growth

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TRIMARK FUND $36.80 (CWA Rating: Conservative) (AIM Funds Management Inc., 5140 Yonge Street, Suite 900, Toronto, Ontario M2N 6X7. 1-800-631-7008; Website: Buy or sell through brokers) takes a value-seeking investment approach, and this cuts its risk. Regionally, the $2.8 billion fund’s portfolio is now distributed 27.1% in the U.S., 22.0% in the UK, 10.9% in Mexico, 7.5% in Switzerland, 6.6% in the Netherlands, 6.2% in Germany, 5.4% in Ireland, and 3.4% in Finland. Trimark Fund’s MER is 1.61%. Trimark Fund gained 26.1% over the last year, compared to a gain of 18.4% for the benchmark Morgan Stanley index. Trimark Fund is still a buy. TEMPLETON INTERNATIONAL STOCK FUND $20.34 (CWA Rating: Conservative) (Franklin Templeton Management Limited, 1 Adelaide Street East, Suite 2101, Toronto, ON. M5C 3B8. 1-800-387-0830; Web site: Buy or sell through brokers) invests in stocks around the world. But unlike most international funds, it doesn’t invest in Canada and the United States. Geographically, the $2.6 billion Templeton International Stock Fund’s portfolio…

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