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By John Waggoner

First off, advisers should tell them that adding international stocks can dampen a portfolio’s volatility, and increase the number of potential winners

If you’re a financial adviser, you probably get occasional questions about your investment recommendations. And if you’ve put 15% to 20% or more of your client’s assets in international funds, many of those questions may have been more pointed than you would like, now that global markets have swooned over the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union.

The fact that the average large-company foreign blend fund has gained 2.23% a year the past five years, vs. 10.58% for its domestic counterpart, might also be a sore point.

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