By Paul Ohanian, CFP® & Thomas Doellman, PhD Academics and industry professionals have known for some time that when people invest in the stock of publicly-traded companies, they tend to invest in companies from their home country. Known as the "home country bias," this behavioral bias is one of many that plague individuals' retirement investment portfolios. The reason? Diversification…or lack thereof! Importance of International Diversification Diversification aims to … [Read more...] about Just How Diversified is your Portfolio?
There's a whole world of investing opportunity out there. Have you considered the potential effects of home country bias in your portfolio? Read the full article by MarketWatch's Brett Arends, "Opinion: The No. 1 investment mistake retirement savers are making: Vanguard study," HERE. DISCLOSURES Scottsdale Wealth Planning, Inc. ("SWP") is a registered investment adviser. Advisory services are only offered to clients or prospective clients where SWP and its representatives are … [Read more...] about Opinion: The No. 1 investment mistake retirement savers are making: Vanguard study
Emerging markets are an important part of a well-diversified global equity portfolio. However, recent history reminds us that they can be volatile and can perform differently than developed markets. In THIS ARTICLE, Dimensional provides a longer historical perspective on the performance of emerging markets and the countries that constitute them. DISCLOSURES The information in this document is provided in good faith without any warranty and is intended for the recipient's background … [Read more...] about Ins and Outs of Emerging Markets Investing: Market Behavior and Evolution
You don't have to be an expert in every region to benefit from the opportunities those regions represent. A well-structured portfolio can help capture returns where and when they occur. Investment opportunities exist all around the globe. Across more than 40 countries, there are over 15,000 publicly traded companies. If you listen to the news, however, some countries may seem like better places to invest than others based on how their economies and stock markets are doing at the … [Read more...] about The Randomness of Global Equity Returns