There is no world stock market, but rather a great many stock exchanges in the world.
There is of course no one “world stock market”, but rather a great many stock exchanges in countries around the world. However, investing in international markets can be complicated and risky. A simpler strategy is to invest the bulk of your portfolio in U.S. and Canadian companies that have operations in many countries. This lets you profit from positive changes in the global economy.
Another way to invest around the world is with ETFs that hold international stocks. You can also invest in foreign stocks that trade on U.S. stock markets as American depositary receipts (ADRs). From the investor’s point of view, when you buy and sell ADRs you are trading in the U.S. market. This makes it easier to invest in foreign companies without worrying about currency exchange rates, foreign stock exchange rules, and foreign languages.
Price information is more readily available and transaction costs are lower. Trades will clear and settle in U.S. dollars. As well, the depositary bank or broker will convert any dividends or other cash payments into U.S. dollars before sending them to you.
ABB LTD. ADRs, New York symbol ABB, is an example of one of the world stock market investments we analyze in our Wall Street Stock Forecaster newsletter. It manufactures transformers, transmission switches and other equipment for distributing electricity. It also makes automation systems and robotics that increase the productivity of manufacturing plants. Switzerland-based ABB has clients in a variety of industries.
Whether you are investing on the world stock market-or in U.S. and Canadian stock-we recommend using our three-part Successful Investor approach:
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; Consumer; Finance; Utilities);
Downplay or avoid stocks in the broker/media limelight.
Smaller companies can generate higher returns than their larger counterparts, but they are often riskier and less liquid, and may underperform for long periods.
Small stocks are also more volatile in times of unsettled or falling markets.
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Pat McKeough responds to many personal questions on specific stocks and other investing topics from the members of his Inner Circle. Every week, his comments and recommendations on a selection of the most intriguing questions of the past week go out to all Inner Circle… Read More
Pat McKeough responds to many personal questions on stocks and other investment topics from the members of his Inner Circle. Every week, his comments and recommendations on a selection of the most intriguing questions of the past week go out to all Inner Circle members… Read More
ABB LTD. ADRs, New York symbol ABB, manufactures transformers, transmission switches and other equipment for distributing electricity. It also makes automation systems and robotics that increase the productivity of manufacturing plants. Switzerland-based ABB has clients in a variety of industries. The company is one of… Read More
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Toyota Motor Co. (symbol TM on New York) has been the world’s largest carmaker since GM lost that position in 2008. The company is one of the world stock market investments we analyze in our Wall Street Stock Forecaster newsletter.
High-quality foreign stocks are a great way to diversify your portfolio. Moreover, many fast-growing markets, like China and India, have positive outlooks. That’s because their people are generally younger than North Americans, and rising incomes are helping more of them advance into the middle class.
On July 7, 2010, Agricultural Bank of China (AgBank) priced its first public share issue. The bank, which operates nearly 24,000 branches, will sell 25 billion shares on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange for HK$3.20 ($0.41 U.S.), and 22 billion shares on the Shanghai exchange… Read More
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