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International Markets Get a Haircut By: Carl Delfeld
As I write this my portfolios on the computer screen are a sea of red and today even stronger countries like Singapore and Austria are taking a nice haircut.Last week was not pleasant. For example, the India SENSEX index was off 12.96% and many other emerging markets went south.While we ...
China Portfolio Insurance By: Carl Delfeld
Are you excited about the upside potential of China but can't pull the trigger because of the significant downside risk? Here is a way to invest in China growth and still sleep at night.China has been the largest economy in the world for eighteen of the past twenty centuries and ...
Magnificent Kinkakuji By: Carl Delfeld
Last week during his tour of Kyoto Japan, President Bush visited the Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji) and described it as 'magnificent?. He was probably referring to the 1398 Japanese architecture but may just as well have been referring to gold prices which are at an 18-year high. Gold has been ...
Is the Dow Obsolete By: Carl Delfeld
In 2005, American investors set a new record with net purchases of foreign stocks of more than $110 billion. American investors' home bias is waning, research shows that foreign shares represent about 16% of the average portfolio and many financial advisors are now recommending that their clients allocate 10%-30% of ...
Buying Into Japanese and German Exporters By: Carl Delfeld
With the euro down nearly 15% this year and at a two-year low against the U.S. dollar, the world's largest exporting nation is worth a good look. So is another country that has thriving exports in spite of a stronger currency. We're talking about Japan and Germany, respectively, the world's ...
Samsung the Elephant By: Carl Delfeld
Samsung dominates life in its home country like no other company in the world. But the slogan "what is good for Samsung is good for South Korea" is open for debate.The South Korean economy is a paradox. It has become the third largest economy in Asia after Japan and China. ...
8 Rules For ETF Success By: Carl Delfeld
Managing a global ETF portfolio does not have to be rocket science. Follow these eight steps for a successful global ETF portfolio.1) Liquidity First: Before you even think of building an investment portfolio, you should set aside about six month of income in a ?rainy day? account. This could ...
Planes Trains and Ships By: Carl Delfeld
With global trade booming, don't forget to look at the companies that move all that stuff around.Corporate America's outsourcing to China's giant manufacturing platform and our 2005 record trade deficit may have you wringing your hands but it also represents opportunities for shrewd investors.About 10% of America's GDP still represents ...
Eight Rules For ETF Success By: Carl Delfeld
Managing a global portfolio of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) is a great way to build a diversified portfolio with exposure to equities around the globe. Fortunately, you need not be a rocket scientist to do this, but many investors fail to observe some basic guidelines, and it can get them into ...
Commodity Surf Lifts Australian Stocks By: Carl Delfeld
On the back of record highs for gold, copper and nickel, the Australian stock market has overcome concerns about higher oil prices, consumer debt and real estate slowdown.The Australian iShare ETF (EWA) started the year slowly as international fund flows pulled back but has rebounded nicely up 9.69% in the ...
Portfolio Caffeine By: Carl Delfeld
The effects of caffeine on the central nervous system were first discovered in the 6th century in the Ethiopian highlands by a sheepherder called Kaldi. After his sheep ate red berries from a coffee tree, they seemed a bit jumpy and had difficulty sleeping.The berries next made their way to ...
Canada Plays China Card By: Carl Delfeld
Trade friction and energy leverage has led to an unprecedented Canadian policy of 'speak loudly and carry a big piece of lumber? policy towards the United States.The long running dispute over American tariffs on Canadian lumber escalated to the point last week that Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin indirectly linked ...
The Switzerland of Asia Shines By: Carl Delfeld
In many respects, Singapore is the Switzerland of Asia.Begun in 1819 as a British trading colony, the Republic of Singapore was founded in 1965 under the leadership of the current Prime Minister's father, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew. While it is only 1/5 the size of Rhode Island and three times ...
Dont Worry Go Fishing By: Carl Delfeld
While most of us enjoy chasing higher returns by moving in and out of stocks, ETFs and mutual funds, a few perhaps wiser investors build a diversified portfolio and just let it run.It is human nature to try to outperform the market by trying to pick a ten bagger or ...
Brazils Stronger Balance Sheet By: Carl Delfeld
Brazil's booming stock market has caught foreign investor's attention but the question still lurks in the background like an uninvited guest - is this just another leg in the typical boom and bust cycle?For the answer, take a look at Brazil's improving balance sheet. While America piles on the ...
Major US Trade Issue is Japan not China By: Carl Delfeld
The 2005 trade numbers released last Friday are sure to get the China trade hawks riled up. But if you look behind the numbers, the trade imbalance with Japan is likely larger than China.According to the trade statistics, the trade deficit with China was $201 billion or 28% of America's ...
ETFs and the Falling US Dollar By: Carl Delfeld
After a year during which higher American interest rates helped stem pressure on the U.S. Dollar, the currency is losing ground around the world. U.S. policy makers and investors are scrambling to cope with what may a long period of dollar weakness.You don't have to go far to see ...
The Powershares ETF Edge By: Carl Delfeld
While I tend to favor iShares an investment tool because of the wide menu and country specific options they provide investors, I have to say that I am increasingly impressed with the new and fast-growing Powershares family of ETFs and will be adding two of them to portfolios this month. ...
Whats Next for Emerging Market ETFs By: Carl Delfeld
Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) tracking emerging markets have had a remarkable run. In 2005, the South Korea (EWY) was been up 57%, Brazil (EWZ) up 56%, Mexico (EWW) up 49% and the Emerging Markets (EEM) up 34%. In the last 12 months, China (FXI) has shown some life up 26% and ...
Scots Beat Yanks in China Bank Deal By: Carl Delfeld
With visions of an ATM in every neighborhood in China, foreign banks and investment firms are queuing up to join the ?China Club.?Moneybags CommunismThe initiation fee for the ?China Club? is straightforward and pure moneybags communism: invest cold hard cash in its largely insolvent state-owned banks, put your reputation on ...
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