Another option is to invest directly in international markets. Because overseas companies do not have to register or file reports with the SEC, it is important to do enough due diligence so that you feel comfortable with your investment decision. Information may be difficult to find or less available - especially in the case of emerging markets - and might not be available in English. In addition, every market is regulated differently, which could translate into less customer protection for you. The SEC recommends that if you decide to invest in international stock markets, that you do so with a broker registered in the United States that has offices abroad.
Direct investments in international companies are not currently available through Scottrade.