Emerging Markets

For Emerging Market Exposure, Look Beyond BRICs — and Beyond EEM

I’ve never been a big fan of the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM) because I consider it to be one of the most poorly-named funds in history. It’s a great ETF—so long as you’re looking for exposure to companies that have already emerged. Up until its recent rebalancing, the two countries with the highest […]

The Best Way to Invest in Emerging Markets

There are three ways to get exposure to emerging markets, according to Barron’s Shuli Ren: Buy an emerging market index Buy a global materials index Buy a basket of multinationals with heavy emerging markets exposure I’ve written about the first option recently, giving my recommendation on choosing the right emerging market ETF.  The most direct route I have […]

Choosing the Right Emerging Market ETF

It’s been a rotten year for emerging markets.  The iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM)—the most popular way for investors to play the sector—is down 13% year to date.  And several individual country funds have gotten hit a lot harder.  The iShares MSCI Brazil ETF (EWZ) is down 23% year to date,  and the iShares […]

Vodafone the Victor in Verizon Wireless Buyout

British telecom giant Vodafone (VOD) agreed to sell its stake in Verizon Wireless to Verizon Communications (VZ) in one of the biggest deals in history.  That’s the headline.  But the question no one seems to be asking is Why was Verizon that eager to spend $130 billion on a capital-intensive business in a saturated market […]

So Brazil, About That Currency War…

In the international currency war, it would appear that Guido Mantega has turned traitor and gone over to the other side. If you’re not familiar with Mr. Mantega, he is the colorful—and quotable—finance minister of Brazil and one of the most vocal critics of the easy money policies pursued by the United States, Europe, and […]

VIDEO: Greece Downgraded to “Emerging Market”

Earlier this week, I wrote that Greece had been downgraded by MSCI from “developed economy” to “emerging market.”  In this video, I dig into the details and explain what this means for investors. The point to take away is that your emerging market ETF or mutual fund may not be invested in the countries you [...]

Turkey: A Reminder that Emerging Markets are Not Always Warm and Fuzzy

When you hear a mention of Turkey, it conjures up certain mental images.  The Aya Sofya in Istanbul…ships passing through the Bosphorus…mustachioed men selling doner kebabs out of pushcarts. And, unfortunately, military coups d’état and baton-wielding riot police. Turkey has become a little softer around the edges over the past decade as economic growth and [...]

Investing Outlook for 2013

There are still a few weeks left in 2012, but focus has already shifted to 2013.  The next year will be a “make or break” one for some of the investment themes we’ve been tracking, but in others it will be more of the status quo. I’ll start with Europe.  I spent much of 2012 [...]

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Are Indian Stocks a Buy ?

In terms of generating raw frustration among investors, India is a hard country to beat.  It has the second-largest population in the world, but unlike number one China, it also has a young, English-speaking workforce.  The country has a large and successful diaspora scattered across the globe and old trade ties that date back to [...]

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China’s GDP: A High-Quality Problem

China has what I like to call a “high quality problem.” The Chinese economy grew by 7.4 percent in the third quarter.  This was the country’s worst quarter since early 2009, but it was in line with market expectations. Only in China would 7.4% growth constitute a severe slowdown.  I don’t have to tell you [...]

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