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  • GM’s Faces Stronger Competition in SE Asia

    By Peter Pham - March 14, 2013 | Tickers: GM, HYMLF.PK, EWY, TM, VLKAY

    GM (NYSE: GM) has been facing intense competition from Toyota (NYSE: TM) and Volkswagen AG (NASDAQOTH: VLKAY). While the Japanese firm regained the number one spot as the world’s leading vehicles manufacturer by selling 9.7 million vehicles in 2012 and regaining market lost market share in the U.S., the German giant has seen phenomenal growth in China, now the biggest automobile market of the world.  Thanks to more »

  • The Plunging Yen Could Decimate These Stocks

    By Sam Mattera - February 28, 2013 | Tickers: CAT, F, GM, EWG, EWY

    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 »

  • Flexibility the Key to Samsung’s Stunning Growth

    By Peter Pham - January 20, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, BBRY, EWY, NOK

    Samsung recently revealed some of the financial results for its most recent quarter; it seems like a replay of the Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) bull years, the numbers are just staggering, especially in the mobile division. Operating profits for the fourth quarter increased by 89% to $8.3 billion (8.8 trillion KRW), which is more than the analysts’ estimates compiled by Bloomberg of 8.5 trillion KRW. Quarterly sales have more »

  • These Tigers Leap Over the BRIC Wall

    By Mike Richardson - September 6, 2012 | Tickers: BKF, EWH, EWS, EWY, EWT

    It is no secret that 75% of the money to be made resides outside the US borders.  Emerging markets have been considered the ultimate investing playground for those with the stomach for a gut-wrenching roller coaster ride.  For much of the last decade, the focus has been on a group of nations that Goldman Sachs Economist Jim O'Neil first called the "BRIC's." This quartet, comprised of Brazil, Russia more »

  • Choose a Country; Three ETF Selections

    By Jeff Stouffer - September 6, 2012 | Tickers: EWW, EWY, VNM

    Indexes on the stock markets on any country is the blueprint upon which a country specific ETF is built. If an index on a country does not exist and the marketing departments of ETF sponsors determine that a demand is present, a new index will be created. Shortly afterwards a new ETF will follow. 

    The investor that wants to build an international portfolio based on countries now has the tools more »

  • Lost in the Shuffle: South Korea Quietly Progresses

    By Peter Pham - July 23, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, EWY, BNO

    It sometimes seems like South Korea is the Asian tiger that no one ever talks about. Even the American war in Korea is known as the “Forgotten War." While the media fawned over the Japanese miracle in the 80’s (and now China), Korea has plodded along in obscurity, quietly building, developing and diversifying into a powerhouse economy providing the world with well made, affordable consumer goods and technology. As more »

  • Smartphone Wars

    By Peter Pham - July 18, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, EWY, MSFT, NOK

    Samsung group, whose 2010 sales were equivalent to one-fifth of South Korea’s gross domestic product, is looking all set this year to take on rival Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) on its own turf of iPads and iPhones. In fact, the Korean giant was able to overtake Apple for the top spot with a year-over-year change of 267% and 29.1% of the total smartphone market. Samsung (LSE: SMSD) also took more »

  • The Cheap Smartphone Market Battle

    By Peter Pham - May 15, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG, EWY

    I have to question why a company that has over 30% of the smartphone market in China would want to play around at the entry-level position, diverting resources to get involved in a fight with Motorola Mobility (*cough* Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) *cough*) and HTC over the sub 1,600 Yuan market.  But, that is exactly what Samsung Corp. is doing.  Normally when one has established themselves in a certain portion more »