International Equities: Another Turn of the Wheel
It’s a truism that markets move in cycles and that the ideal time to invest is right at or near the start of an upswing. Diversification is another key tenet of Investing 101. Yet inertia and the pull of the crowd often lead investors to concentrate assets in markets that may be nearing their peak while ignoring potentially more promising opportunities.
Family-Owned Businesses: One More Reason Not to Neglect Emerging Markets
At the end of a year in which the U.S. handily led the world’s equity markets, many dividend investors find it hard to rouse any interest in emerging markets at all. “Why even bother?” seems to be the prevailing sentiment.
Touching Base on the Commercial Real Estate Recovery
Considering the recent upswing in commercial real estate prices and traded real estate stocks, in what inning is the commercial real estate recovery? Could there be extra innings? Prior to the most recent decline in real estate, downturns in commercial real estate cycles have historically been caused by supply shocksdevelopers putting up new buildings until they (or their banks) ran out of money.
Allocating to Alternative Investment Strategies
Following the market declines in 2008 and 2009, many investors have shown interest in alternative investment strategies such as hedge funds and mutual funds that employ hedge fund-like strategies. These types of strategies have been around a long time, but until recently their use among individual investors has been somewhat limited.
Frontier Markets: Weighing the Risks
Why would investors even think about investing in fledgling, so-called frontier economies half a world away? The quick answer is that some of the best-performing stock markets in the world can be found in places like Kenya, Bulgaria and Argentina. Annual equity returns topped 40% in all three countries in 2013 while a number of other frontier markets (FMs), including Romania, Serbia and Nigeria, experienced annual returns ranging from 25% to 35%. Although past performance is not a guarantee of future results, investors in search of portfolio growth and diversification are taking note.