Carl Delfeld of Chartwell Advisor provides some interesting statistics about global trends and how investors can take advantage of these opportunities using exchange traded funds. 

To highlight a few:

  • The U.S. has not been the world’s best stock market in 16 years – S&P 500 is up 3.4% for 2006;
  • Japan’s trade with China is greater than its trade with America – iShares MSCI Japan Index (EWJ), up 10% year-to-date;
  • The least expensive places in the world to conduct business are Canada and Singapore – iShares MSCI Canada Index (EWC) and iShares MSCI Singapore Index (EWS), with 2006 gains of 13% and 20% respectively;
  • The Brazil stock market is up 100% in the last 12 months – iShares MSCI Brazil Index (EWZ);
  • 40% of the world’s wealth is in Europe, and while Germany’s economy is flat, the German ETF is up 20% this year – iShares MSCI Germany Index (EWG).

The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may not actually come to pass. Information on this site should not be used or construed as an offer to sell, a solicitation of an offer to buy, or a recommendation for any product.