Archive for May, 2005

Investing in Japan

Friday, May 27th, 2005

It is becoming more fashionable to invest in Japan as the economic recovery in the World

Exchange Traded Funds

Thursday, May 19th, 2005

Those of you who are already familiar with ETFs may wish to skip to the last few paragraphs for the investing comments. We begin with an explanation for those who are less familiar.

The first Exchange Traded Fund was created in 1993 by the Standard and Poor’s Deposit Receipt (SPDR, pronounced “Spider”). SPDRs gave investors an easy way to track the S&P 500 without buying an index fund, and they quickly grew in popularity.

An ETF tracks an index, but can be traded like a stock. ETFs bundle together the securities that are in an index and don

Italian Real Estate

Saturday, May 14th, 2005

Sometimes I dream about investing in Italian rela estate and possibly vacationing/retiring there.

If you want to buy a condo in Rome, a beach front cottage in Naples, a country home or a farm property in Tuscany, you only have to go as far as your computer. One search online will reveal a list of thousands of real estate companies who specialize in European properties, listings by owners on community websites meant to reach out to the American buyer, and Italian focus websites that offer opportunities in all things Italian, real estate included.

Whether you are a first time buyer of property or an experienced investor, you will need an agent to help you sort through the details of buying abroad. Even if you are fluent in Italian or lived there for years, if you don

Retirement planning and pension security

Wednesday, May 11th, 2005

Not too long ago I wrote that investors need to seriously consider health insurance and the possibility they will lose it when they need it most. Today I have more bad news.

It seems like pensions are becoming less reliable as United recently dumped its pension liabilities after getting the PBGC, the government

Investing in India

Thursday, May 5th, 2005

Because India is the fifth largest economy in the world, has the second largest purchasing power of emerging nations, and holds the third largest GDP in Asia, India offers great market potential in terms of growth, earnings, and possibility.

India is divided into classes and their middle class is growing quickly. Already large, the middle class is what is making the economy in India so strong. The wages are low and many of the workers are overqualified for their jobs, well educated and speak multiple languages including English (there are 17 official languages). This added to the 6 major religions adds diversity to the country which also boosts India