On this investment page, you'll hear more about how you profit from the unprecedented shift in wealth to today’s emerging markets.
Chris Hunter, IL’s Financial Editor will bring you up-to-the-minute details of global investment plays that you won’t find anywhere else. And he’ll also tell you how to take advantage of what he uncovers. Find out more about investment insights on how to safely profit from the most important trend of the last 100 years--the shift of wealth from the “old” economies (such as the U.S., Europe and Japan) to the “new” economies of the future (such as Brazil, India and China).
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About Chris Hunter
Chris Hunter started his career as a commodities and energy analyst for the global financial news giant Reuters. He also worked as an investigative reporter in his native Dublin, Ireland.
Chris later realized it was more lucrative to apply his investigative skills to the markets. He has been working as a financial analyst with Agora Inc. since 2007 and became International Living’s financial editor this year.
He now splits his time between Buenos Aires, Berlin and Waterford, Ireland.
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International Living Investment Articles
Mongolia is the world’s most sparsely populated country, largely made up of steppe, mountains and a big piece of the Gobi desert. It’s also the world’s fastest-growing economy, thanks to vast underground riches; gold, copper, coal, tin, uranium and tungsten.
There’s something strange going on in Brazil. You might call it a “schizophrenic economy.” Brazil is an economy of two halves. From the outside looking in, it’s a former star player plagued by socialist leaders with no understanding of free-market principles. But from the inside looking out, it’s a booming emerging market with record low jobless numbers, a strong currency, and high interest rates to keep the economy from overheating.
- Brazil: As Consumers Turn to Plastic, Profits Rise
Posted on March 25, 2013 by Chris Hunter
It had to happen sometime. After a decade of outperforming U.S. stocks, Brazil has started lagging behind the States. Now, I have recommended Brazil a number of times in these pages. So in true IL fashion, I hopped on a flight to São Paulo to put “boots on the ground.”
- Norway: Protect Your Retirement with Oil, Phones and Kroner
Posted on February 25, 2013 by Chris Hunter
Norway is uniquely placed to protect wealth. It is outside the euro zone, has low public debt, ultra-low unemployment, and a strong and stable currency. It also has the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund…with a staggering $664 billion under management. Think of Norway as the Saudi Arabia of Europe.
I’m thinking of a Latin American bank that truly stands apart. Unlike, say, Citigroup or Bank of America, this bank doesn’t offer loans or checking accounts to the general public. It doesn’t receive deposits from the public, either. Instead, it finances trade in Latin America, mainly by funding the sale of commodities and agricultural products to Asia.
It’s often overlooked, but dividends make up the lion’s share of stock-market returns. According to one study, dividend income made up 35% of the total returns of the S&P 500 between 1926 and 2009. There are two important reasons why this trend is set to accelerate. First, record low bond yields mean that dividend income is more sought-after than ever.
- Mexico: Why Investing South of the Border is a Winning Play
Posted on October 22, 2012 by Chris Hunter
The case for investing in Mexico has never been so compelling. And there are four important factors why. First, the Mexican government is planning to introduce important pro-market reforms under newly-elected president Enrique Peña Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, who takes office next year. He is supported in these reforms by the opposition, center-right National Action Party.
- BRICS: Time to Chase Blue-Chip Emerging-Market Stocks
Posted on August 24, 2012 by Chris Hunter
The best time to buy stocks and other assets is when investors are running scared. I’ve been banging this drum all year—especially when it comes to Europe. I believe the crisis there is about to throw up a genuinely once-in-a-lifetime buying opportunity for contrarian investors.
- Blood on the Streets: A Swiss Company Poised to Hand You Profits
Posted on July 26, 2012 by Chris Hunter
You won’t read about it in the mainstream media. But we are approaching what could be one of the greatest buying opportunities of a generation—in European stocks. This may sound strange at ﬁrst. Even deluded. Economies in the euro zone are tanking, along with stock-market prices.
- Online Profits – Make Money from the eBay of Latin America
Posted on April 25, 2012 by Chris Hunter
Squashed into the back of a Buenos Aires taxi between the two women, I hadn’t been paying much attention. But once they mentioned MercadoLibre, it sounded like a conversation that I overheard several times during my three-week investment-scouting trip to Argentina and Uruguay.
Contrarian investors “run into burning buildings.” This doesn’t mean they’re daredevils. It just means they understand a basic principle of the market: That the best time to buy is when the crowd is running in the opposite direction. This stampede effect causes prices of perfectly good assets to hit the floor.
- Europe in Flames: Where to Find High Yields in This Crisis
Posted on March 27, 2012 by Chris Hunter
Bull markets are all born in extreme pessimism. That means the time to invest is when the ﬂames are licking higher, not after the ﬁre trucks have arrived. And Europe is up in smoke right now…I’m not calling for the bottom in Europe stocks or for an immediate end to the debt crisis there. Plenty more can go wrong. But contrarian investors “run into burning buildings.”
The world’s consumer power base is shifting. The “rest” are playing catch-up to the “West” right before our eyes. Most investors don’t see this. They are blinded by the doom and gloom surrounding the financial crisis, the debt ceiling, and the gridlock in Washington.
This kind of “mega trend” may not be winning a lot of attention in the mainstream media. But it is a critical insight for global investors. The “Age of Man” is literally changing the face of the earth. As such, it will have profound implications on every investment decision you make.
Today I’m going to tell you that you should buy a Spanish phone company. Your friends may laugh at you. Let them. It’s easy to repeat Warren Buffett’s advice at dinner parties: “Be fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful.” It’s harder to follow when it comes to your own portfolio. But that is exactly what I recommend you do with this Spanish company.
With more than three in five U.S. workers in their 50s and 60s planning on working past 65 (and over half of them planning on working into their 70s and beyond), the American Dream continues to die a death. IL’s Chris Hunter offers some sound advice on what you can do to protect your retirement.
Some things in life are simple. For instance, I do almost all my clothes shopping when stores are running their winter or summer sales. You get exactly the same stuff…only cheaper. If you’re a dedicated fashion follower, this won’t work.
- How to Protect Yourself from Washington’s CRAZY Debt Games
Posted on July 27, 2011 by Chris Hunter
We are usually focused on what is going on OUTSIDE America. But sometimes the situation INSIDE America becomes too serious to ignore. And this is one of those situations.
- Huge Upside Potential in This Deeply Unpopular Market
Posted on July 25, 2011 by Chris Hunter
Buy low. It’s a simple concept. But it’s downright difficult to execute.
- Demand for this Ultra Safe Currency Is about to Skyrocket
Posted on July 19, 2011 by Chris Hunter
Some people just don’t understand gold or the role it plays in a post-financial crisis portfolio. Gold is interesting to us as global investors for three reasons.
- Is This the “Holy Grail” of Agriculture Investing?
Posted on July 18, 2011 by Chris Hunter
The last decade hasn’t been kind to paper assets. Meanwhile, hard assets – such as oil, gold, copper and food commodities – have all been hitting record highs.
- This “Mammoth” Commodities Trend Is Still on Course
Posted on July 16, 2011 by Chris Hunter
Most of the time, the talking heads on CNBC churn out nothing but “noise.” The kind of stuff that’s more likely to cloud your investing outlook than make it any clearer.
Here’s something you won’t hear on CNBC… The recent rally in U.S. stocks was the sharpest such surge since 1644, just before the Ming Dynasty collapsed and an outbreak of bubonic plague claimed hundreds of thousands of lives in Europe.
- When Is a Dollar a Peso? (The Answer May Shock You…)
Posted on July 9, 2011 by Martin Hutchinson
The U.S. dollar is on painful path of collapse. I’ve dubbed this the “pesofication” of the U.S. dollar.
Today, I want to dig a little deeper into this topic. Because it is one of the best investment opportunities available to U.S.-based investors today. This is especially true, if you’re the type of person who has no interest in checking the market everyday.
- This “A-List” Stock Is Selling at a “D-List” Price
Posted on July 6, 2011 by Chris Hunter
I’m in Barcelona, Spain. I’m here to see firsthand what’s going on, as Europe lurches closer to full-on crisis.
- My Four Favorite Ways to Invest for the Commodities Rebound
Posted on July 2, 2011 by Martin Hutchinson
If you’re like me, you’ve been invested in mining companies or oil producers the last couple of months because you expected a return to the strong commodity prices of early 2011. But if that’s the case, like me, you’re hurting.
I recently had an interesting conversation with a representative of the World Gold Council. We were talking about the role of gold as a strategic asset – how holding gold can help you survive and thrive in the current spate of economic turbulence.
As you know, the last six months haven’t been stellar for the emerging markets. But what you’ve got to understand is that you can’t base your investing decisions on what’s happened in the past. Because the markets don’t care about the past. They care about what will happen in the future.
- How You Can Profit from China’s Democratic Revolution
Posted on June 27, 2011 by Chris Hunter
I’ll be blunt. I have no time for Communists. Theoretically, Communism is just plain dumb. But on a practical level, it’s even worse.
- Where to Find Extraordinary Income Streams That Always Go Up
Posted on June 25, 2011 by Dan Ferris
Today, I’m going to show you why dividend growth stocks are the closest to a sure thing that exists in the stock market. They’re the only source of return you can count on to rise every year. They’re unbeatable investments.
A lot of people are worried about the direction of the world right now. Greece looks set to default. China is fending off allegations of securities fraud. And back in the U.S. there are fears of a double-dip recession.
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