Although the benchmark S&P 500 tends to head higher over long periods of time, the stocks primarily responsible for pushing the widely followed index to new heights change regularly. As an example, nine of the 10 largest stocks by market cap in 2004 are no longer in the top 10 as of today. In fact, insurer AIG now sits around No. 250 in the market cap rankings.
The pandemic has accelerated e-commerce, digital payments, and gaming adoption in emerging markets, and Sea Limited (NYSE: SE) has been a big beneficiary. In this Motley Fool Live segment from "The 5" recorded on Oct. 8, Fool.com contributors Jason Hall and Jeremy Bowman discuss the long-term tailwinds working in Sea's benefit. Jeremy Bowman: I'm going to introduce a third company that has some exposure to Brazil, mostly in Southeast Asia, and that's Sea Limited.
With so many promising and intriguing U.S.-based companies for investors to choose from, it's perhaps unsurprising that American investors often fail to think about adding foreign companies to their portfolios. Two such high-performing international stocks are Sea Limited (NYSE: SE) and United Microelectronics (NYSE: UMC). Singapore-based Sea Limited is an e-commerce, gaming, and fintech giant that has become one of the world's most dynamic companies.