Why Investors Should Consider International Equities Now: Infographic

US Stocks have outperformed international stocks over 10 years now. And now it may be time for foreign stocks to play catch and beat their American peers in terms of returns. No country continues to be the top performer for ever year after after year. So US investors may want to consider adding foreign stocks …

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Foreign Stocks To Watch: What is Veoneer and Energizing Ecopetrol

In this new series I will list out select foreign stocks to watch for the following week. In addition, this post will also include economic events, oil prices, earnings and other related items of interest. 1. Ecopetrol(EC): The Colombia oil producer has been on fire in recent months and its movement is highly related to …

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Stocks Deliver Strong Returns Following Bear Markets

One of the very important factors needed for success with equity investing is the ability to stay invested during any market including bear markets. To put it another way, simply selling out when stocks crash 20% or more is a foolish idea.Investors who are unable to hold stocks when punishing market events occur should not bother …

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BlackRock: Asian Equity Markets Are Cheap Now

The US equity market is in positive territory with the S&P 500 up by 5.41% YTD. Most of the developed European markets are down so far this year. The Turkey crisis has added more pressure on some of the banks in Europe and the markets in general. Emerging markets have been hit especially hard with …

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On the Importance of Diversification During Bear Markets

Diversification is one of the simplest and easiest strategies that retail investors can follow to protect their portfolios from high volatility. Holding a wide variety assets across regions and countries and sectors and avoiding timing the market would go long in generating high returns. Trying to predict which sector will be winner during the next …

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Defensive Sectors’ Weightage in the S&P 500 Has Declined Since The 1990s

The S&P 500 Index is not as diversified as many investors think. In fact, the IT sector alone accounts for just over 25% of the index and the weightage of the defensive sector has fallen continuously since the 1990s. S&P 500 sector breakdown: Click to enlarge Source: S&P  The defensive sector used to account for …

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