iShares MSCI Germany Index Fund (ETF)
Two of the leading German car makers, Daimler AG (NASDAQOTH: DDAIF.PK) and Volkswagen AG (NASDAQOTH: VLKAY), have reported massive drops in profits in their most recent earnings releases. Daimler is the world’s third biggest luxury car-marker and the owner of the iconic Mercedes brand of cars and trucks. Volkswagen, the parent of Audi and the maker of the Beetle, has been eying global expansion, particularly in China, as it more »
The Japanese yen has fallen precipitously since mid-December, depreciating about 11% against the euro and 15% against the U.S. dollar. Many equity investors likely pay little attention to the day-to-day moves in the currency markets, but when a currency shifts in value as quickly as the yen, it can have detrimental effects on individual stocks and ETFs.
Ford (NYSE: F), General Motors (NYSE: GM) and Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT) could more »
Diversifying a portfolio while maintaining returns is never a simple feat. By looking at the debt levels and underlying growth rates it becomes clear that some nations are better positioned for growth. Over the past couple years the low real GDP growth in the United Kingdom and higher growth in the United States and Canada has highlighted the need for targeted diversification. International broad market ETFs help to more »
The Eurozone is a big mess, everybody knows that. The fundamental problems in the region are not going away anytime soon and the situation seems to be getting more complicated each day. Budget cuts are producing a deepening recession and that reduces government income via tax revenues, which in turn generates bigger than expected fiscal deficits. After that, another round of budget cuts is usually announced, and the recession gets more »