Do U.S. Stocks Always Outperform Foreign Stocks?

In the past few years US stocks have outperformed developed international stocks. As a result, some investors may be complacent and assume that American equities always beat foreign stocks and that there is no reason to bother with foreign markets. Some investors even assume that they can simply gain exposure to foreign markets by simply …

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The Annual Performance of Bank Stocks by Global Region Since 2007

Global investors fled banking stocks after the financial crisis of 2008-09. Some have totally avoided them since then due to many factors including relatively higher risks than other sectors and fear of unknowns. Banks in some countries and regions have recovered strongly since 2008-09 while others have not. For instance, the US banking sector has …

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Should You Buy European Stocks Now?

European stocks are back in favor among global investors. Though European stocks have let down investors in the past few years the tide seems to be turning for the better with the overall economy picking up speed and many of the political and fiscal crises ending. Fellow blogger and financial advisor Josh Brown at Ritholtz Wealth …

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The Number of Listed Companies by Country 2016

Capital markets in some countries are highly vibrant than others. One measure of a healthy capital market is the number of companies that are publicly listed. Generally developed countries have a high number of public companies relative to emerging and frontier countries. India has the number of public listings in the world with 5,821 companies …

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Why Ben Carlson’s Views on Buybacks and Dividends Are Not Entirely Correct

Earlier this month Ben Carlson, Director of institutional asset management at Ritholtz Wealth Management and author of the popular A Wealth of Common Sense blog wrote an article in Bloomberg discussing stock Buybacks and Dividends. The gist of the article is that investors can expect to earn a higher rate of return in the stock market …

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How Concentrated Are Some Foreign Equity Markets?

One of the many risks that investors have to take into consideration when investing in foreign stocks is Concentration Risk. This risk simply means a market is highly concentration with one stock accounting a large percentage of the allocation. Or to put it another way, one stock dominates the market. So a benchmark index that …

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