Antipodes Global Investment Company Ltd offers investors overseas growth potential

Many Australian retail investors will have portfolios stacked full of investments in traditional ASX blue chips such as Commonwealth Bank of Australia (ASX: CBA), Telstra Corporation Ltd (ASX: TLS), Woolworths Limited (ASX: WOW) or BHP Billiton Limited (ASX: BHP).

Unfortunately, yesterday’s blue chips have delivered flat to negative returns over the past few years and all this while U.S. blue chips handed investors handsome returns.

The trend of flat returns from local blue chips doesn’t look like changing, so anyone serious about growing their wealth over the long term should get some exposure to overseas share markets.

Antipodes Global Investment Company Ltd (ASX: APL) is a listed investment company investors can buy to give themselves exposure to a broad portfolio of leading global companies such as Samsung, Cisco, Baidu and Gilead Sciences.

The manager can also short stocks or bet on specific currencies rising or falling in a bid to improve investment returns. The investment returns of the underlying securities owned by the company have been supported by the strength of overseas equity markets where mega-cap tech stocks in the U.S. and China have soared in value thanks to their market dominance powering unexpectedly strong profit growth.

Since its October 2016 listing the company’s investments have (managed by Antipodes Investment Partners) returned 13.6% per annum net of fees and expenses.

Retail investors looking to gain exposure to the best growth companies overseas, but lacking the confidence to invest themselves could also consider either of Antipodes Investment Partners’ flagship Global Long Short or Global Funds.

These two funds are 5.7% and 4.9% ahead of their benchmarks since their June 2015 launch, which are the kind of market-beating returns that have helped Antipodes gather more than US$5 billion in funds under management in just a few years.

The returns are also ahead of some of those delivered by better known international equities active managers like Platinum Asset Management Limited (ASX: PTM) and Magellan Financial Group Ltd (ASX: MFG) that are also seeking to win their share of investors’ funds.

While Antipodes’ investment funds have offered strong returns, investors should remember past performance is no guide to future performance and global equities markets are volatile with plenty of risk.

As such investors should take a long term view before handing over their hard earned savings to an investment manager in order to try and grow their wealth.

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