Are You Ignoring 54% of the World’s Investment Opportunities?

Month: April 2013

April 30, 2013  |  

Are You Ignoring 54% of the World’s Investment Opportunities?

Investors who invest solely in the United States capital markets are missing 54% of their investment opportunities. The chart below redraws the map of the world based upon market capitalization rather than geography, population or the size of an economy. The chart reinforces the need for a disciplined, strategic approach to global asset allocation. Of course, the map changes over time as capital flows to areas that offer the most attractive investment returns.

April 24, 2013  |  

An Important Lesson from a False Tweet

Yesterday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 143 points in seconds following an erroneous report that there had been “explosions at the White House and that the President had been hurt”. The Associated Press quickly corrected the story and confirmed that their Twitter account had been hacked. Shortly after the story was corrected the market regained all of its losses and eventually closed at the highs of the day. There is an important investment lesson […]

April 23, 2013  |  

Expensive Mistakes

Jim Parker of DFA Australia recently published this article that discusses expensive mistakes and offers some practical advice about how to avoid making them. “There are two ways of learning: You can be taught how to do something correctly, or you can be shown the consequences of doing it wrong. In the world of investment, it’s a lot cheaper to learn from others’ mistakes. A recent edition of a television current affairs program detailed how […]

April 8, 2013  |  

Taking Care of Those That Took Care of Us

People are living longer than ever before and longer than anyone could have predicted just a few decades ago.  When the Social Security System was created, the designers expected the retirees to live just a few years on the benefits before dying.  Today, retirees are living 15, 20, and even 30 years into retirement.  According to the National Center for Health Statistics, in 1975, women had a life expectancy of 76.6 years and men came […]

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