We like the idea of attaining at least some of an investor's international exposure from small-caps. Foreign small-caps tend to sell more into their home markets and less into global export markets, and are therefore more independent of global macroeconomic factors, suggests Mark Salzinger, editor of The No-Load Fund Investor.
In the six major inflationary periods since World War II, small-caps beat large-caps. When you add up the returns over all six periods, small-caps were up 82.6%, versus just 35.1% for large-caps, observes Philip Springer, in Survival of the Fittest.
Looking for bond funds for a low rate environment? In S&P The Outlook, Vaughan Scully of S&P Capital IQ, highlights four funds that stand to benefit if the Fed delays tapering and if interest rates don't start rising.
Income investors should own securities that offer growth potential as well as cash flow. They should also have some exposure to the US and global markets. My new recommendation meets both criteria, suggests Gordon Pape, editor of The Income Investor.
If you still have questions as to whether or not you might ever consistently outperform the market, MoneyShow's Howard R. Gold has compiled some research results that, he feels, will give you the answers.
Emerging markets have been struggling since 2011. Many have been in bear markets, with declines of as much as 35%, and with only bear market rallies since 2011, observes market timing specialist Sy Harding, editor of Street Smart Report.
Money manager and income specialist Dave Fabian discusses four important current trends that income-oriented ETF investors need to consider; he also highlights the top funds to take advantage of these opportunities.