Why Investors Should Look Outside of U.S. Markets

Why Investors Should Look Outside of U.S. MarketsValue investors are finding it difficult to pick stocks in the U.S. as low interest rates around the world continue to fuel equity markets, especially since U.S. multinationals are getting hit quite hard by their foreign currency exposure due to the greenback’s strength. Nevertheless, strategists are almost universally positive on the outlook for U.S. markets this year. But Norman Levine and Darren Sissons of Toronto-based Portfolio Management Corp., are taking…

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Investors Move to Passive Funds While Stockpickers get Creative

Investors Move to Passive Funds While Stockpickers get CreativeUndaunted by the popularity and outperformance of index-tracking investments, mutual fund companies last year rolled out 193 new actively managed stock funds, many with some highly colorful concepts. The fund companies aren’t giving up their efforts to win investment dollars with their stockpicking prowess. Rather, they are floating funds that are increasingly niche-oriented in the hope of getting shelf space next to the generic S&P 500 index and other passive…

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Five Ways Companies Turn Investors Off

Five Ways Companies Turn Investors OffIt is pretty hard to pick a good stock: You need to find competent management, a good business, a competitive advantage, a good balance sheet, a low valuation, a good growth profile and solid cash flow, among dozens and dozens of other subjective and quantitative factors. What’s more, even when you find a good company, you need other investors to like it and push the price up, or you still…

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