Since 1993, how many years was the U.S. stock market the world's top performer?
Dear Opportunistic Investor,
Would it surprise you to hear that the answer is "NONE?" Well it shouldn't.
Not if you follow the money. Certainly, not when you consider that more than half the market capitalization of all public companies already resides beyond U.S. borders.
It's no wonder that since May 2003, the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index fund, which tracks the performance of international stocks, has gained more than 130% — while the S&P 500 has only gained 9.9%!
Frankly, we've got a stampede of riches overseas that's fast approaching a tipping point. After all, it's driven by raw demographics...
Forbes points out, "India's population is among the world's youngest, with 60% of its people under age 32. An emerging middle class of 300 million provides a phenomenal growth prospect."
The Washington Post remarks, "Since 1978, China's economy has grown at a compound rate of more than 9% per year. It's morning in Asia."
And that's exactly why Fortune is saying "for those with a long-term horizon... now may be the time to hunt for bargains beyond U.S. borders."
Of course, India and Asia are tips of a global iceberg. Economic upstarts from South America to South Africa are developing at an alarming clip. FAR faster than we can expect from a mature economy like ours.
If this sounds grim, let us clarify. This is the best news we've heard in years. At least for sophisticated investors like us — those with specialized knowledge and the courage to identify and CASH IN on what may be an once-in-a-lifetime investment opportunity.
But let's step back a moment. Let's assume for a moment you're not 100% convinced you have that kind of detailed specialized knowledge... or courage. Well, don't worry. You're not alone.
In fact, despite everything you just read, major U.S. institutions like pension funds continue to invest just a miniscule percentage of their client portfolios in foreign stocks! (There's a systemic reason for this we'll share with you just ahead.)
And you know what's worse? A recent survey by the National Association of Investors Corp. found that just one in three individual investors feels "comfortable" putting ANY of their hard-earned money to work in foreign stocks or bonds.
That spells trouble. You see, if this kind of backward thinking continues, many hardworking Americans could be headed for years of woeful underperformance.
So, how exactly is this GOOD news? Simple. It's times like these when fortunes are made — when Wall Street falls asleep at the switch and "disconnects" (i.e., opportunities) arise in free markets.
Right now, all we have to do is decide that WE will be among the ones who PROFIT from the NEXT great bull market. You're about to discover how we're going to make it happen today.
Our names are Tim Hanson and Nathan Parmelee. We're co-advisors for Motley Fool Global Gains. Over the next few minutes, we intend to show you exactly how you can position yourself to profit from the next great bull market.
Of course, when we say "the NEXT great bull market," we mean the massive growth and opportunity awaiting us overseas.
But most U.S. investors don't have a clue. And you can thank Wall Street for that.
But when you think about it, that makes perfect sense. After all, the high-paid MBAs on Wall Street have spent years entrenching a network of U.S. investment bankers, business leaders, buy-side money managers, and high-rolling institutional investors.
We bet you know as well as we do how Wall Street analysts tend to cover (and issue top ratings on) the very companies their investment banking arms do business with. Doesn't it stand to reason, then, that they would have little use for overseas companies that rely on largely international financing?
Of course it does. And that's just one of the reasons these Wall Street insiders all recommend the same U.S. stocks and why North American institutional holdings remain overwhelmingly concentrated in those same stocks... despite the clear strong performance of international equities.
And this is infuriating. It's a massive disservice to U.S. investors. On the plus side, however, it creates huge inefficiencies (i.e., opportunities) in overseas markets — for those of us who take advantage.
We think this new opportunity overseas may be even more powerful.
For one thing, we're convinced we're catching this profit wave even earlier in the cycle. And we say that even though the international revolution has been bubbling beneath the surface for years.
In my research (Tim here), I've seen a lot of companies in a lot of countries catch a spark and ignite. And I've seen a few falter. All told, I’ve got a bagful of ideas that should bring investors staggering returns over the next few years.
One company in particular recently caught my eye. It makes fire detection and extinguishing systems for steel mills and power plants... certainly not the most exciting business in the world. Yet amazingly, while this "boring" company may not be a household name, it has an enormous growth opportunity because of where it does business.
So I was intrigued, but also a bit leery...
You see, I discovered that most analysts were either looking down their noses at this one or not looking at it at all. They saw a tiny company in a risky market with significant multinational competition. But after doing some digging, I discovered something different...
What's special about this company is that it’s bringing world-class fire safety systems to industrial buildings in China... a country that's overlooked safety standards for too long. As it turns out, not only is this company in on the ground floor when it comes to installing fire safety systems at all of the new factories, mills, and power plants in China going forward, it's also winning work to retrofit the more than 10,000 facilities that already exist in China with fire safety equipment the government now strictly requires.
When I first found this company and met with its CEO in Beijing, it was trading over-the-counter for $4 and was too small to tell anyone about in our publication. But it kept posting stellar results, got bigger, and listed on the Nasdaq... before the market meltdown, it had skyrocketed to $18 a share.
That's when we first brought it to the attention of our subscribers. Then the global economy broke down, and this company slid along with the rest of the market down to $7 -- giving us a rare opportunity.
The way it grew its business and booked new deals all across China made me think it had the potential to shoot back up. So we were able to tell our followers "buy" at just the right moment.
Sure enough, investors who followed this advice were able to picket a cool double after we gave this company a sell recommendation in a special June update. Long story short, we scored 106% gains in the most brutal market in recent memory.
Still, few American investors are paying any attention to overseas opportunities like this one. But as foreign markets grow, investors -- regardless of which country they live in -- stand to reap a financial harvest.
Because, as you're about to see, this same story is unfolding for dozens of other foreign companies Nathan and I would like to reveal to you today...
If you're still reading, you're a savvy investor. And that's good.
Most investors simply aren't ready for international investing. Remember, even Wall Street is asleep at the switch!
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So, unlike other newsletter writers or sell-side analysts on Wall Street who shy away from international stocks... global investing is right in our wheel house.
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You see we've already discussed the HUGE opportunities overseas. But for all the potentially life-changing profits, it would be irresponsible not to mention the risks involved in investing overseas.
Yet, this may be exactly what you can expect from many stock advisors — and that truly is irresponsible. So, let's be clear upfront about the risks...
Exchange rates can move against us, governments can destabilize or grow less favorable, economies occasionally falter and reporting requirements rarely live up to rigorous U.S. standards.
And that's on top of the ordinary company risk associated with stock investing. Anybody who tells you these investment risks can be eliminated outright is either lying or delusional. Either way, they are not to be trusted.
That's why you need to be even more diligent when buying international stocks (and one of the reasons they can be so profitable). And that's all the more reason you don't want to go it alone when building out your international allocation.
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Because here's the thing: The NEXT great bull market will be overseas. But not every international investor will cash in. Just like here in the U.S., there will be blow ups and there will be crimes.
Only without the stringent U.S. government oversight, they will be 100 times worse. That's why you need our team at Global Gains on your side, if it's the only investment newsletter service you keep.
Here's why we say that. In all our years of international investing — backed by reams of historical record — we don't recall a time when international markets were as rife with opportunity as the period we're entering right now.
And the sooner you can spot these opportunities, the sooner you can begin to...
Supercharge your portfolio's growth. With stronger underlying growth, foreign markets can appreciate much more quickly than their more developed counterparts — particularly when a country becomes "hot" in the eyes of the professional investing world.
Swoop down on unique opportunities. Looking abroad exposes you to rare or even unique opportunities. Apple came out with the iPod, but the next consumer tech revolution will likely come from a company like China's Lenovo that most investors haven't even heard of today.
Build the perfect global portfolio. Investing overseas exposes you to different economic conditions and cycles. Spreading your money around the world can boost your overall returns, and help reduce your reliance on a struggling U.S. economy.
Those are just three of the benefits international investors have always enjoyed... and that you can enjoy in even greater measure as the current trend toward globalization continues.
“Global is definitely the way to go.”
— Jeremy Siegel, Wharton professor and author,
The Future for Investors, addressing the 2006 Motley Fool Investing and Writer's Conference.
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Earlier, we discussed how U.S. institutional funds are effectively ignoring global equities. And the majority of individual investors aren't comfortable looking overseas at all.
Sound familiar? It should! Two decades ago, less than a quarter of all U.S. households actively invested in U.S. stocks. That means 75% were positioned to MISS OUT on the greatest wealth-building opportunity in history.
Once again, U.S. investors... now on the sidelines... will be the rocket fuel that will drive the NEXT great bull market in the fast growing economies of Asia and Latin America.
Twenty years from now, this will look obvious in hindsight. Twenty years from now, everybody will see this is a once-in-a-generation disconnect.
And the clock is ticking.
A sleeping American giant may already be waking to the massive profit potential offered by global investing and billions of people around the world are ready to turn that capital into permanent value.
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