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Emerging Markets Fund Strategies: A Key Choice for Investors

Posted by: Ben Steverman on October 25

For U.S. investors looking to exploit growth in emerging markets, one question is how much of their portfolios to allocate toward these fast-growing regions of the world. It's a question...

One Year Later: Is the Financial Crisis Over?

Posted by: Tara Kalwarski on September 14

The Standard & Poor's 500-stock index closed at 1042.73 this past Friday--a level that is only 16.7% below its level one year earlier, on the Friday preceding the collapse of...

America On Sale: A Response to Readers

Posted by: Ben Steverman on July 28

Last week I wrote a story, "America on Sale," on the sale of U.S. firms to overseas companies -- a trend exemplified by InBev's acquisition of Anheuser Busch (BUD). The...

Europe Looking Cheap?

Posted by: Ben Steverman on June 09

In the past month, U.S. investors have been pulling money out of European equity funds. Through June 5, about $20 million has flowed out of the seven European stock funds...


Posted by: Howard Silverblatt on June 03

The importance of the BRIC counties continues to grow, with their weights now representing 56.4% of the Emerging markets, 5.78% of the combined world (Emerging and Developed) markets, and 9.72%...

World mkts pick up where they left off in Jan; Mar-to-date China down 21.5%, U.S. better than most

Posted by: Howard Silverblatt on March 22

Global markets continued their March declines, emulating their devastating January performance and reversing their February rebound. The downturn in commodities, highlighted by sharp drops in both oil (broke under $100,...

Hide Away in Brazil or India

Posted by: Ben Steverman on February 26

There's a big debate about how much the U.S.'s obvious economic difficulties are spreading to the rest of the globe. Where in the world can an investor hide from the...

Irish eyes not smiling on Irish stocks

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on December 28

Taking a gander at the list of returns for each country's major stock market index, I was drawn to the few entries in red at the bottom. Out of some...

Singapore, Russia and Malaysia look undervalued by one measure

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on December 18

You often hear a stock or an index or even a whole market castigated as "overvalued" because it appears to be trading at a high level relative to earnings. In...

A Happy New Year for U.S. Tourists?

Posted by: Ben Steverman on December 04

I think I might like to go on a vacation to Europe next summer, but, as an American, I'm scared by the weak U.S. dollar. I was last in Europe...

China bull Jim Rogers follows his own advice

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on December 04

Despite the recent turmoil in Chinese equities, it's worth thinking about the bigger picture. Legendary commodities investor Jim Rogers has a new book out, A Bull in China: Investing Profitably...

Watch out below for China stocks

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on November 20

I have a story in this week’s magazine about ways to play the China stock market crash, if that’s your predilection. It can also be read as ways to re-adjust...

U.S. in 2008: Best of Some Lousy Options?

Posted by: Ben Steverman on November 19

Here's a tough one: How will the U.S. stock market perform in 2008? This theory suggests the U.S. won't need to provide explosive growth next year to perform well. It may just need to be the best of some poor alternatives around the world.

ProShares has new funds for global bears

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on October 26

ProShares appears to have some supremely well-timed exchange-traded funds to announce. Two of the funds short major international benchmarks for developed markets (Symbol: EFZ) and emerging markets (EUM). The other...

China warning signs coming fast and furious

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on October 24

China's stock market has almost tripled in value so far this year and investors across the globe are starting to get antsy. Lauren mentioned last week that a bunch of...

China Roars, Stumbles

Posted by: Lauren Young on October 19

Chinese ETFs may be on fire in terms of performance, but some investors are getting cold feet. Despite a run up in the Shanghai Stock Index, mutual fund investors pulled...

Chinese IPOs piling up as market races higher

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on October 18

The leading Chinese stock market index has doubled on the year, the iShares FTSE/Xinhua China 25 ETF (Symbol: FXI) is up 90%, one of the best performing initial public offering...

A Not-So-Random Walk Down the Great Wall

Posted by: Lauren Young on June 12

My colleague David Bogoslaw and I attended a session on exchange-traded funds this morning, sponsored by Barclays Global Investors, and starring Burton Malkiel, author of “A Random Walk Down Wall...

The World According to Milton Balbuena

Posted by: Lauren Young on April 28

Recently I caught up with Milton Balbuena of Contango Capital Advisors in Berkeley, Calif. Contango is a wealth management firm that services high-net worth clients as well as many entrepreneurs...

Newspaper stocks are actually hot outside of the U.S.

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on April 24

(Updated 4/25) Most of the big U.S. newspaper publishers announced their first quarter results over the past two weeks and the long-suffering sector has only seen its fortunes sink lower....

Emerging Markets Podcast

Posted by: Roben Farzad on December 11

"Buy, Comrades!" Emerging markets are up an average of 26% in dollar terms this year thanks to crazy-high gains from the Brazil-Russia-India-China (BRIC) neck of the woods and secondary /...

With India out of favor, a closed-end fund looks better

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on September 12

As an update and follow-up to my entry back in June dissing a new Powershares exchange-traded fund that invests in U.S.-traded shares of Indian companies, I'll respond to a few...

India ETF coming but don't get too excited

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on June 16

U.S. investors who wanted to jump on the India stock band wagon in the past haven't had many great choices. And now that India has suffered a massive sell-off and...

Japan illogic follows the panic

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on January 18

What do the following number pairs have in common? +0.1 and -1.1 -0.7 and +0.1 +1.1 and +0.5 -1.8 and +1.5 +0.5 and -1.9 Hmm, not much it seems. The...


Bloomberg Businessweek’s Ben Steverman focuses on the latest moves in financial markets and emerging trends in stocks, bonds, and funds, always with an eye toward giving readers a better understanding of the sometimes confusing and often chaotic world of money. Standard & Poor’s senior index analyst Howard Silverblatt will also provide his take on companies’ finances and the markets. Voted one of the “Top 100 Finance Blogs” in 2007.

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