ACTION POINT

TAKE A DUO OF BUFFETT BIOGRAPHIES ON VACATION

June 14, 2019

TAKE A DUO OF BUFFETT BIOGRAPHIES ON VACATION

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MAKE SOME INVESTMENTS OUTSIDE OF THE COUNTRY

May 24, 2019

MAKE SOME INVESTMENTS OUTSIDE OF THE COUNTRY

All Investors Tend to Have a Home Country Bias

U.S. Has Been the Place to Invest for the Last Decade

Its Late in the Economic and Market Cycle for U.S.

Early in Cycle for Some Countries, Particularly in the Emerging Markets

Some Countries Experiencing Economic Turnarounds and Political Reform

A MORNINGSTAR FAVORITE:

    ARTISAN DEVELOPING WORLD FUND (ARTYX)

  • Morningstar 5-Star & Bronze Medalist ratings
  • Run by Lewis Kaufman
  • Experienced emerging markets manager
  • Launched it in 2015
  • Focuses on 40-50 high-quality companies
  • Based in emerging markets themselves, including frontier markets or developed market companies
  • Large exposure to emerging markets

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TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE INCOME, AND DEFENSIVE QUALITIES OF DIVIDEND PAYING STOCKS

May 17, 2019

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE INCOME, AND DEFENSIVE QUALITIES OF DIVIDEND PAYING STOCKS

Morningstar’s CHRISTINE BENZ’ “TANTALIZING DIVIDEND YIELDS” FUNDS:

SCHWAB U.S. DIVIDEND EQUITY ETF (SCHD)

  • – Morningstar Silver Analyst Rating
  • – Higher-yielding half of the 2500 largest U.S. stocks (excluding REITs)
  • – Consistent dividend payers
  • – Companies that score well on various profitability measures

VANGUARD EQUITY-INCOME FUND (VEIPX)

  • – Morningstar Silver Analyst Rating
    “…run by two separate management teams plying complementary strategies.”
    – Christine Benz, Morningstar.com
  • Vanguard Equity-Income Fund management teams:
    — Wellington – finds dividend paying companies inexpensive relative to their growth prospects
  • – Vanguard – uses a quantitative approach

VANGUARD HIGH DIVIDEND YIELD ETF (VYM)

  • – Morningstar Silver Analyst Rating
  • – Avoids big bets in traditional high-yield sectors like financials, utilities and energy stocks by the way it weights the portfolio

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LATIN AMERICA ECONOMIC EXTREMES

May 10, 2019

CONSIDER PUTTING A SMALL AMOUNT OF YOUR EMERGING MARKETS ALLOCATION INTO AN ESTABLISHED LATIN AMERICAN FUND.
LATIN AMERICA ECONOMIC EXTREMES

    FAILURES:
    Venezuela’s economic collapse

    SUCCESSES:

  • Open market economies:
  • – Chile
  • – Colombia
  • – Peru
  • POTENTIAL TURNAROUND

      Brazil- attempting serious pension reform

    ESTABLISHED LATIN AMERICAN STOCK FUND

      T. Rowe Price Latin American fund (PRLAX)

    • – Bronze Medalist
    • – 4-Star Rating
    • – Experienced team
    • -“Sound and distinctive growth discipline”

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MAKE SURE YOU HAVE SOME DEFENSIVE HOLDINGS IN YOUR PORTFOLIO

May 3, 2019

MAKE SURE YOU HAVE SOME DEFENSIVE HOLDINGS IN YOUR PORTFOLIO

  • Ward’s Choices: Counter-cyclical stocks like utilities and cell tower companies
  • Individual Investors’ Choices: Defensive non-stock assets like cash, Treasury bonds, gold …

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