Weighing the diversification benefits of micro-niche ETFs.
In the right market conditions, rare single-malt scotch whisky can fetch intoxicating prices.
One in six Canadian couples experience infertility, according to the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society. And for many, it’s a surprise, so they don’t have much time to find the cash.
Volatility today means a recovery tomorrow. While the impact of Europe’s woes is substantial now, investors may want to keep an eye on this market for signs of recovery and opportunity.
On August 8, 2011, the VIX index, often referred to as the fear index, rose to 48%. It was the highest point reached in 2011. Since 1990 when VIX data started it has only spiked through the 40% threshold three percent of the time.
Kaifukuroyoku is Japanese for resilience and this word perfectly captures the Japanese people’s ability to overcome hardship and disaster this year. Their ability to make a steady recovery from the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami that hit the nation on March 11 is a case in point.
Since news of Europe’s banking and sovereign debt crisis broke in the latter part of 2009, sales of European equity funds have been in continuous decline, while the volatility of the MSCI Europe index has increased.
Introducing a new asset class to the mix takes some finesse to avoid overwhelming investors with too many products. It also requires some “know how” to find the right investment.
For investors, finding an investment that keeps up with inflation is serious business: the cost of living just keeps rising. An investment that captures the rate of inflation in its return is a necessity.
To paint both the residential and commercial real estate sectors with the same brush would cause advisors to overlook the unique benefits offered by commercial real estate investments.