Shark Attack: US vs. International Stocks

Jeffrey Kleintop at Schwab has posted a fascinating article on the dangers and returns of international and US investing using the example of a shark attack. The following is an excerpt from the article: US and International The chart below shows us what stock market shark attacks look like using the relative performance of US …

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Dividend Yields of Largest Economies and Developed Markets

The Dividend Yields of the world’s largest economies is shown in the chart below: Click to enlarge Source:Dividends And Buybacks: The Last Hurrah?, Global Finance Among the developed markets, Australia offers the highest dividend yield at 4.18% followed by Norway and the UK. The dividend yields of the developed markets are shown in the following …

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South Korea Ranks First in Dividend Growth 2018-2019

South Korea used to be one of the unattractive markets for dividend investors due to the low payouts by Korean firms. I have written about the low payouts in a few article before like here and here. In those articles I had suggested that income investors can avoid Korea. However decades of low payouts may …

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Consumer-Staples Stocks Look Attractive For The Long-Term

The worst performing sector so far this year is the consumer-staples sector. Stocks of consumer staple makers such as cereal, toothpaste, soups, etc. have been hit hard due to a variety of factors. Rising costs of commodities, higher logistics costs, cheaper store-name or generic brands, consumers’ preference for healthier options, etc. are some of the …

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Three Concentration Risks of the MSCI Emerging Markets Index

The MSCI Emerging Markets Index is one of the most popular indices that track emerging markets. The index gives exposure to represents 846 large and mid cap stocks from 24 emerging markets. Many products such as ETFs and mutual funds use this index as a benchmark. For example, the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF(EEM) which has over …

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S&P 500 Revenue Exposure by Country

The S&P 500 Index is the benchmark index of the US equity market. Billions of dollars are invested in various products tracking the index. The sector breakdown of the S&P 500 is shown below: Click to enlarge Source: S&P Indices The tech sector dominates the US equity market. No other country in the world can match …

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