From Nigeria with Love

In April I wrote about the Nigerian stock market. Since May the Nigerian market is up 30%.  Over the same period, the global stock market has basically been flat (shown below).   Nigerian Stock Market and Global Stock Market represented by NGE and VT, respectively Timing-wise this was lucky-- I didn't predict a two-week turnaround. … Continue reading From Nigeria with Love

Greece on Fire

Back in September, I wrote about the Greek stock market.   I pointed out that widespread pessimism, low expectations, and attractive valuation created an easy hurdle for an upside surprise.  Since then Greece has been on fire, up over 35%! But despite an increase in price, the Greek market P/E has actually fallen from 4.7x down … Continue reading Greece on Fire

Japan’s Footsteps

After improving economic prospects earlier this year, Japan has abruptly reversed course.  A third-quarter annualized GDP reading of negative -.8% puts Japan back in a technical recession (defined as two quarters of negative GDP growth). Following stimulative policies (aka "Abenomics") by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and a blossoming recovery from 2014's technical recession, many assumed … Continue reading Japan’s Footsteps

Full Swing Voting

Following a choppy third quarter, global markets have made a comeback.   Since October 1, the S&P 500 and EAFE have both rebounded over 5%, and emerging markets have bounced by more than 8%. Strangely enough, the same fears that stoked the sell-off also seem to be fueling the rally.  Investors who disliked the uncertainty … Continue reading Full Swing Voting

Looking Abroad

With about every major US equity index making new highs, many investors are nervous about US stocks.  I don't know if there's an impending stock market crash, but regardless at BCM we favor foreign developed market equities for the time being.  Here are a few reasons why. Western Europe appears to be trailing the US … Continue reading Looking Abroad

Anything and Everything for Russia

Today S&P announced it cut the credit rating on Russian sovereign debt to junk status.  The Russian equity market slid about 8% on that news, but the damage wasn't as bad as some may have thought. That's because the downgrade was widely expected, and of course, the Russian market is already down more than 60% … Continue reading Anything and Everything for Russia