Alex Navarro concedes that advisors can be a bit U.S.-centric in choosing investments for their clients. But as a private financial advisor for 27 years, and a SunTrust advisor for the last 14 and a half years, Navarro believes it's his responsibility to balance his clients' portfolios with a sharp eye on the global financial market as a whole. To him that calls for including an array of international picks — even when the domestic market is doing as well as it is today.

"In my opinion you can't properly diversify without international investments," says the Bal Harbour, Fla.-based Navarro. "At the end of the day we're in the business of trying to achieve capital gains for our clients. And we can't have blinders on when it comes to where to invest."

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