Education is a primary issue in China. Urban Chinese families spend more than 30% of their household income on their child's education, compared with only 2% in the United States, observes Mark Skousen, editor of Fast Money Alert.
The crisis in the Ukraine has escalated to include the threat of armed combat, and the global markets reacted as expected yesterday, writes MoneyShow's Jim Jubak, who cites some examples, along with offering his prediction as to how long this crisis may last.
What makes a good hedge and safe haven? A strong, stable currency with ample liquidity, financial and political stability, and a market-based, rules-driven, open economy. Switzerland fits the bill nicely, suggests Carl Delfeld, editor of The Value Bounce.
Since commodities such as crude and precious metals have been rallying recently, MoneyShow's Tom Aspray wonders whether or not it's time to start looking at resource-heavy stock markets such as Australia and Canada.
With all the concern about emerging markets recently, many investors think that frontier markets are suffering from the same malaise; actually, they've held up very well in the face of stock market downturns in the rest of the world, explains Gordon Pape, editor of Internet Wealth Builder.
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