Valuation Ratio: US vs. International Developed and Emerging Market Stocks

U.S. stocks have outperformed international stocks in the past few years. Foreign stocks look attractive at current levels while their American peers look expensive. According to an article by Jurrien Timmer at Fidelity, since the Global Financial Crisis peak in March 2007 thru April 2017 the S&P 500 has returned 282% in total returns compared to …

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US Stocks Are Highly Valued Relative to Historical Average: Chart

US stocks continue to remain elevated since the beginning of the year and the elections. Stocks in certain sectors such as financials have soared substantially since the elections.This week the tech-heavy NASDAQ crossed the record 6,000 mark. Despite the superb performance of US equities, investors need to be cautious since the P/E ratio of US stocks …

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Foreign-born Population As a Percentage of Total Population for Select Countries

The number of foreigners (i.e. foreign-born people) relative to total population varies across countries. Some countries such as those in Eastern Europe have low foreign-born population since they have been closed economies until the iron curtain fell. Luxembourg(LUX) and Switzerland (CHE) have the highest foreign-born population since they are tax havens. Mexico (MEX) and Poland(POL) have the …

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The Callan Periodic Table of Investment Returns 2016: A Review

Callan Associates has published their “The Periodic Table of Investment Returns for 2016”. This fascinating chart shows the returns of various of classes such as stocks, bonds, US and foreign stocks, etc. The importance of diversification among asset classes is vividly illustrated by the Callan chart each year. The Callan Periodic Table of Investment Returns for 2016 is shown below: …

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