If I had to name just one thing that has emerged over the years to make us better investors, it is the access to information. What was once impossible to track down, or simply unknown, can now be researched and found with a few searches on a computer, phone or tablet. As a result, people are becoming more and more at ease with doing their own in-depth investment research before and after investing, and finding the necessary information themselves.
For today’s investors, access to information is not the problem. Reading through it all, and picking what is good information, is the hard part. What is my advice to investors? Look for trusted websites with people interacting. Pay close attention to the comments, social shares and even the number of followers an author has. These are indicators of how trustworthy and credible they are. Also, investor reviews and testimonials can provide a lot of insight and address unanswered questions or concerns.
With investing, you are working with your own money, and as a result, you want to be confident that the information you are using to base your decisions is accurate. This is not only important before you invest, but each and every day after. Stay current and aware. Find news sources, such as industry websites, blogs and articles, and read them daily. Take a few minutes out of your day to stay on top of your chosen industry or to simply read about what is happening in potential new investment areas.
If you are investing in emerging markets or developing nations, you can now find plenty of resources online to track and monitor an entire country’s performance, their marketplaces and their specific industries. Today’s investor is savvy and has access to important and valuable information that allows them to develop and maintain a healthy and profitable portfolio.
When you are looking for investment types, people often through around the words “Alternatives” and “Emerging Markets.” But, what exactly does that mean exactly, and are they related at all? The answer will come as a surprise to many investors.
- Emerging markets are relatively new markets that are growing and starting to show the signs of a developed market such as the United States or major European countries. Generally, we tend to classify markets as countries in general and usually implies rapid growth of industry or social/business activity.
- An alternative investment is simply any investment type that is not known to be traditional such as stocks, bonds or cash. Many alternative investments are secret investments that are held by accredited or high-net-worth individuals, because they tend to be a bit more profitable, lower risk and more complex in nature.
Now, can an investment be both? Yes it can. In fact, if you are looking for an alternative to traditional investing strategies, usually a good place to look is in emerging markets. Their stock markets tend to not be as developed (or existent) and the regulations may not yet be created to encourage outside groups to invest into the country, but great opportunities still exist and can be profitable if investors can find help investing their money.
Often times, investing in alternatives while investing in emerging markets can be somewhat more tricky and require more due diligence and research, but there are several mainstream investment opportunities in countries such as China, India, Brazil, Indonesia (often considered emerging markets) that are accessible through a financial broker or asset management firm. Typically these types of investments are very high return and can be liquidated incredibly quickly. Moreover, there are also ways to invest in emerging markets that can generate a steady profit for investors, as well.
Although emerging market investments are an alternative to offerings in developed countries, that does not necessarily mean that they can be regarded as an alternative investment. There are however, a plethora of alternative investment opportunities to be found in the world’s most prospering regions, if investors are willing to do the in-depth research needed to identify them.