While emerging markets account for 51% of global GDP, they represent only 12% of global stock market capitalization, according to BlackRock. This means there's tremendous room for growth and opportunity for investors. But this also doesn't mean that the countries with the highest GDP growth offer the best returns.
Where the global economy may or may not go, what the Federal Reserve and other central banks may or may not do, whether “Abenomics” in Japan works – all fodder these days for those who expect volatility to come back to the financial markets.
We have commented numerous times on the inexorable rise in Spanish non-performing loans (NPLs). Since the Spanish economy started to weaken at the end of 2006, NPLs have been rising sharply; but the subsequent collapse of the Spanish property market exacerbated the matter further, causing a spike in NPLs in 2007 and 2008. Since then, the Euro area crisis and subsequent sharp rise in unemployment have led NPLs at Spanish banks to make new record highs.
By Macro Economist:I have been silent of late, watching in awe at the complete shift in sentiment from the professional investment community. Not that it should be a surprise, but to me it proves for the umpteenth time that very few investors actually have a view, rather for most, the most recent stock movement is what dictates bullish or bearish posture. Reasoning is saved as a post-mortem rather than a pre-trade exercise.
By Joseph Poma:After gaining market share and seeing sales in January increase more than 7% recently, Ford (F) stock steadily rose until it fell just shy of $13/share. Of recent the stock has fallen, along with the market as a whole, on the heels of political unrest in Greece. This pullback represents an opportune time to open, or add to, a position in Ford.
By Dividendinvestr:We analyzed the stocks which have been recommended by Cramer on Mad Money during the last 30 days. We don't think we have heard the end of the European debt crisis yet. As such, we prefer investing in Cramer's fundamentally strong stock picks. Using the stock screener at finviz.com, we picked the stocks with the lowest PE ratios and the low debt ratios.