Where in the World to Invest in 2011
The world is not an easy place in which to invest these days. To make any headway, investors must exhibit the patient determination of an explorer such as
"There are really no bright spots, but you can find values," asserted
The current global environment should not alter anyone's long-term investing strategy, O'Keefe said. Given current stock valuations and the cleaner balance sheets of most companies, over a reasonable period of time you are going to do well investing globally, he predicted.
"We own shares of two European banks --
Some foreign company stocks have managed to shine this year.
It also offers non-search services in music and online communities to attract greater Internet traffic. One concern: Rival companies are investing considerable amounts to go after some of its market share.
Baidu has been a long-term holding in the portfolio of
"The debt ceiling debate in the U.S. was really a sideshow to the real concern in
The growth of the middle classes in the emerging markets is a boon for a variety of companies that provide luxury goods, necessities and technology, said Gandhi. It's not that the emerging markets didn't use a variety of such products before, but with increasing wealth there is now greater demand for branded products.
Other companies to benefit include
There is logic to investing in exchange-traded funds internationally as well.
"Some people can make the argument that investment in said
There are exchange-traded funds that invest in regions, which may be fine, he said. However, because there are some countries an investor might wish to avoid altogether, single-country funds can sometimes make more sense than going with an entire region, he said.
"Buying on fear presents a buying opportunity, but investors will have to be patient because things aren't going to turn around just because you bought into the market," he said.
DeLegge points to several ETFs that he believes offer potential:
-- iShares MSCI Canada Index (EWC), which tracks about 85 percent of the Canadian stock market, does not represent a major portion of the world's stock market capitalization. However,
-- iShares MSCI Australia Index (EWA) follows the Australian stock market that, thanks to an abundance of iron ore and coal, is a major exporter to fast-growing
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