Emerging Markets

  • 01 Aug
    Want The Secret Formula For Economic Success? Look To Ray Dalio

    Want The Secret Formula For Economic Success? Look To Ray Dalio

    • It’s possible to estimate a country’s economic growth with precision and I have done so in this article. Perhaps it’s better to say that I used the available—and free—research done by 1,500 Bridgewater employees.
    • As future economic trends are pretty clear, it’s important to position one’s portfolio accordingly.
    • However, don’t just jump into emerging markets at any price. Compare the fundamentals and the growth in relation to your investment horizon.

    Introduction

    There’s a lot of talk about economics, economic growth, what drives it, etc., but there aren’t many facts that properly show links between causes and effects.

    One person who researched those links and shared the findings is Ray Dalio, hedge fund manager of Bridgewater Associates. In today’s article, I’ll describe what Ray found and then analyze how we can best position our portfolios in order to be more exposed to positive forces and less to negative forces. More →

  • 19 Jul
    The Big News From China & What It Means For Your Portfolio

    The Big News From China & What It Means For Your Portfolio

    • The Chinese economy surprised to the upside and Chinese stocks have spiked.
    • A fundamental analysis shows that Chinese stocks are still 50% undervalued.
    • The Chinese economy is less risky and growing faster, but the market hasn’t yet fully recognized the situation which makes this the best time to invest.

    Introduction

    One of the greatest fears circulating the investing environment in the last few years has been that China is about to slow down and drag the whole world into negative territory. I found such a fear a bit silly because it wasn’t based on proper macroeconomic analysis but mostly on western investors’ perception. More →

  • 17 Jul
    How The Economic Machine Works & Why You Need To Prepare Your Portfolio For It

    How The Economic Machine Works & Why You Need To Prepare Your Portfolio For It

    • Productivity growth is the long-term key, make sure your portfolio follows it.
    • The global distribution of wealth is shifting very quickly.
    • Preparing your portfolio for what’s going to happen doesn’t even cost that much. On the contrary, it is even more profitable.

    Introduction

    Ray Dalio is famous for many things. One of them is his explanation of how the economic machine works where he describes how productivity growth, the long-term debt cycle, and the short-term debt cycle affect an economy.

    Today, I’ll briefly summarize his findings as they are reported in a 300-page document and, most importantly, see how Dalio’s economic philosophy can affect our investing strategies. More →

  • 14 Jul
    The Market Isn’t Excited About Brazil Yet. Here’s Why You Should Be.

    The Market Isn’t Excited About Brazil Yet. Here’s Why You Should Be.

    • The Brazilian economy is at a turning point. Inflation is down, exports are up, and growth is projected to be at 2%.
    • As currencies follow the economy, the stronger real will add a tailwind to your returns.
    • Don’t invest blindly in an ETF. Buying a few stocks will lower your risk and increase your returns.

    Introduction

    I have written about Brazil a few times here at Investiv Daily, and have primarily described the potential of the country. This article isn’t about potential because the situation has started to turn, so it’s time to really take advantage of the new trend. More →

  • 05 Jul
    Where The Growth Is: How To Invest In Emerging Markets

    Where The Growth Is: How To Invest In Emerging Markets

    • Emerging markets haven’t been the best investment in the last 10 years, but economic developments met expectations.
    • Long term analysis shows that emerging markets have just started to develop and the fundamentals are extremely cheap for the expected growth.
    • Each emerging market is different and one has to individually analyze political, currency, demographic, natural, and other risks in order to make proper investment decisions.

    Introduction

    There is a huge difference between short-term and long-term effects on financial markets.

    In the short term, anything can happen and sentiment is what mostly drives short term trends. If we take a look at the long-term chart for the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEARCA: EEM), we can see how it’s still 24% below its 2007 peak. More →

  • 05 Jun
    Why You Should Be Careful When You’re Told To Have A Defensive Portfolio

    Why You Should Be Careful When You’re Told To Have A Defensive Portfolio

    • Defensive investments are usually promoted to those in retirement or close to it. However, we should all always be defensive investors.
    • Neither bonds nor general stocks are defensive investments, no matter the diversification or quality of the bonds.
    • Cash is the only defensive investment in this market. Other options are positive asymmetric risk reward investments.

    Introduction

    Many will say that a portfolio owned by an investor who is about to retire or is retired should be a defensive one. However, I find focusing on age isn’t smart because no matter our age, we have to always protect our portfolio and try to maximize returns. After all, isn’t the first rule of investing to never lose money while the second rule of investing tells us to read rule number one again? More →

  • 04 Jun
    Sunday Edition: Why Now Is The Wrong Time To Get In On This Chinese Growth Story

    Sunday Edition: Why Now Is The Wrong Time To Get In On This Chinese Growth Story

    Over the last few weeks we’ve discussed several technical patterns that can tell you when a stock may be beginning a new uptrend, so today I wanted to talk about a pattern that can help you spot the beginning of a new downtrend.

    The stock we’re looking at today is Momo, Inc. (NYSE: MOMO). More →

  • 25 May
    Building The Best Portfolio For The Upcoming Recession

    Building The Best Portfolio For The Upcoming Recession

    • Stocks will be hit badly. Low price earnings and high book values can provide some safety.
    • Bonds look much better than last year.
    • Alternative investments can be a jack-pot for your portfolio.

    Introduction

    Yesterday we discussed how a recession is imminent, especially if the trending down credit growth turns negative.

    The most important thing now for investors is to prepare for such an event. Today, we’re going to dig deeper into the recession-related investing risks as different asset classes will be affected differently. More →

  • 19 May
    What Three Chinese Companies Tell Us About The Risks You Need To Watch For In Emerging Markets

    What Three Chinese Companies Tell Us About The Risks You Need To Watch For In Emerging Markets

    • Proper due diligence is needed to separate low risk from high risk investments.
    • The fact is, nobody does their research anymore as ETFs and index funds have taken over the investment world.
    • I’ll describe a few Chinese investments that look amazing at first but can easily lead to a total loss.

    Introduction

    Yesterday we talked about how emerging markets are generally becoming attractive. Today we’ll discuss a few Chinese stocks that show some of the risks lying in such a market.

    As I see the S&P 500 climb to new highs, I understand that risk isn’t what investors think about, but my experience that spans a few market cycles keeps me focused on the risks while investing.

    By risk I don’t mean short term volatility coming from market sentiment. The S&P 500 hasn’t been volatile at all in the last 8 years as it has just gone up, but for every point that it goes up while corporate earnings remain flat, the risk investors are taking gets higher. More →

  • 18 May
    Emerging Markets Are Becoming More Attractive Day By Day

    Emerging Markets Are Becoming More Attractive Day By Day

    • Volatility is a given in emerging markets, but it’s also what creates amazing opportunities.
    • Economics, fundamentals, and currencies are all in favor of emerging markets.
    • China is just doing what the FED should have done 5 years ago: tighten after an expansion period.

    Introduction

    Emerging markets are a volatile beast, this is a given. However, the inherent volatility is mostly the result of our perception and not of actual structural changes in a country. As an example, last year a wonderful buying opportunity emerged in Cemig (NYSE: CIG), a Brazilian utility from the state of Minas Gerais. CIG’s stock price fell from double digits to $1.05 in just a few years. More →

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