Emerging markets are countries or geographic regions with economies that are for the most part are growing rapidly—but they are also riskier.
India, Brazil, Mexico, Russia, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Poland and Turkey are all examples of emerging markets.
Buying stocks of companies based in emerging markets is risky because many are still in the early stages of establishing the rule of law in which property rights are respected. Corporate governance is in its infancy and control of corruption is sporadic. The legal and political climate can change quickly in countries that do not have a tradition of the rule of law. When changes occur, you can bet that foreign investors will suffer more than well-connected locals.
However, we think that most conservative investors could hold up to 10% of their portfolios in foreign stocks (apart from the U.S.)—and emerging markets could make up part of that component.
The best way to invest in stocks in emerging markets is through exchange-traded funds (ETFs).
One example is the Vanguard Emerging Markets ETF (New York symbol VWO) which aims to track the Financial Times Stock Exchange (FTSE) Emerging Index, which is made up of common stocks of companies in developing countries. The fund’s MER is just 0.15%.
Investing in emerging market ETFs or stocks is most suitable for the aggressive segment of your portfolio. For your overall portfolio, we recommend using our three-part Successful Investor philosophy:
Invest mainly in well-established companies;
Spread your money out across most if not all of the five main economic sectors (Manufacturing & Industry; Resources & Commodities; the Consumer sector; Finance; Utilities);
Downplay or avoid stocks in the broker/media limelight.
For Canadian investors seeking global exposure in 2022, ADRs and international ETFs may be a safer option than picking individual overseas stocks
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The best new stocks to invest in need to have certain characteristics to be good choices for your portfolio. These include a prominent place in an industry, a history of earnings, a history of dividends, involvement in a fast-growing industry and hidden assets
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Precious metal ETFs have largely centred on gold stocks. We continue to see the outlook for that precious metal as positive, and for aggressive investors who want to hold precious metal ETFs, including a silver ETF, we have two of them below.
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC CORP., $42.11, is a buy. The company (symbol BSX on New York) develops and markets medical devices used in minimally invasive procedures. Its products are used for angioplasty (blood vessel repair), blood clot filtration, cardiac rhythm management, catheter-aided ultrasound imaging, and many other… Read More
YAMANA GOLD INC., $7.52, is a buy. The miner (symbol YRI on Toronto) owns and operates five gold mines, in Canada, Brazil, Chile and Argentina. This includes the Cerro Moro gold/silver mine in Argentina. It started up in mid-2018.
ACI WORLDWIDE INC., $32.09, is a buy. The company (symbol ACIW on Nasdaq) is the leading software provider for processing transactions by credit cards, debit cards, automated teller machines, point-of-sale terminals and interbank systems. Its products also work to cut fraud.
RUSSEL METALS INC., $33.44, is a buy. Through their shares, investors tap one of North America’s largest metal distributors: the company (symbol RUS on Toronto) serves 33,000 clients at 48 locations in Canada and 16 others in the U.S.
Russel’s revenue in the three months ended… Read More
Concerns that the Omicron variant of COVID-19 will lead to new lockdowns hurt the stock price of this fast-food firm. However, its customers continue to embrace online ordering and home delivery. This should spur its long-term earnings.
Meanwhile, the firm continues to open a record number… Read More
All of the major global stock markets fell at the outbreak of COVID-19. But many top markets have since rebounded. We think the outlook remains positive for quality stocks, and one way to profit from that—while cutting your risk—is to invest in top ETFs.
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Most precious-metal stocks dropped, along with stock markets, in March 2020. They then quickly reversed that trend to climb for investors. In fact, gold soared to over $2,000 U.S. an ounce for the first time ever before falling back just below $1,800.
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