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5 ETFs To Play Australia

Over the last century, Australia has outperformed its counterparties in the developed world, while offering one of the lowest volatilities to investors. As for the future, the Land Down Under is expected to continue its growth, providing returns and the path to opportunity for some. 

A major reason that the future remains prosperous for Australia is due to its close ties with Asia.  According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), exports to China and India have been growing at a rate of 18%-19% per year and are expected to continue to grow.  As China and India continue to emerge as global economic powerhouses, Australia will likely continue to reap the benefits.  In fact, Asia as a region is expected to witness economic growth of nearly 50 percent over the next five years and account for more than a third of total global output.  Read More…

3 Reasons Australian ETFs Could Shine

Historically speaking, over the last century, Australia’s stock market has outperformed all others and has offered the one of the lowest volatilities amongst all of its peers.  As for the future, there are three forces that could enable the nation down under to continue to shine. 

According to a study conducted by Credit Suisse, during the period of 1900 to 2009, Australia’s markets posted 7.5% after inflation returns per year while witnessing a standard deviation of 18.2%, the highest returns and the second lowest volatility of the 19 major, mostly-developed markets studied.  In comparison, during the same time period, the U.S. stock market made a 6.2% return with a standard deviation of 20.4%.  What this demonstrates is that investors would have made more money and taken less risk by investing in Australian markets. 

One force that could enable Australia to remain prosperous is its close ties to Asia, states Howard Gold of Market Watch.  Half of Australia’s exports go to Asia, with China being its largest trading partner.  With economic growth prospects in Asia, in particularly China, remaining relatively healthy for the next 10 years, Australia is set to reap the benefits. Read More…

Four Diversified Plays On Asia

As U.S. equities continue to show signs of instabilities due to fears of crippling debt, deflation and high unemployment, many have turned to alternative regions, in particularly Asia to seek returns.

When speaking of Asia, the first nation to come to mind is China, but there are many more nations that are likely to continue to outperform the world’s second largest economy.  As a region, Asia has drawn attention due to its large growth rates, insatiable demand for commodities, cheap labor and increasing private consumption. 

 Take Singapore for example, whose economy grew at a seasonally adjusted 18.1% in the first half of the year and is benefiting from China’s stellar growth.  The region has been able to pull themselves up by their boot straps, mainly due to fiscal stimulus plans, which accounted for nearly 4% of GDP, and were higher than any other region of the world.  Read More…

5 Reasons South Korea Is Worth A Look

As the stability of the U.S. economic recovery continues to remain fragile, investors are turning to international markets to mitigate risk and enhance returns.  As for international markets, South Korea is worth a look for good reason. 

First off, growth in GDP and industrials remains strong and healthy.  In the first quarter of 2010, GDP rose by 8.2% when compared to the first quarter of 2009 and recently industrial production rose by nearly 20% from the year before.  As for the remainder of the year, this growth is expected to sustain.  In fact, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently boosted its growth forecast for 2010 to 5.75%, an increase of about 28% from its previous forecasts, buoyed by government led stimulus measures and improving global trade. Read More…

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