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IPOs: Profiles Are High. What About Returns?

Initial public offerings (IPOs) often attract initial public interest—especially when familiar brands become broadly available to investors for the first time. In recent months, investors have had the opportunity to buy shares of ride‑hailing networks Uber and Lyft, workplace productivity services Zoom and Slack, and other high-profile businesses ranging from Pinterest to Beyond Meat. News...

Timing Isn’t Everything

Over the course of a summer, it’s not unusual for the stock market to be a topic of conversation at barbeques or other social gatherings. A neighbor or relative might ask about which investments are good at the moment. The lure of getting in at the right time or avoiding the next downturn may tempt even...

Trade Tensions

Trade negotiations have been front and center for months. Discussions with China seemed to have stalled, prompting the U.S. to increase tariffs on certain imported goods in early May. Additionally, we’ve seen tariffs used as leverage, like in the recent experience between the U.S. and Mexico over immigration. With all these moving pieces, it can make investors nervous about their...

The Randomness of Global Equity Returns

You don’t have to be an expert in every region to benefit from the opportunities those regions represent. A well-structured portfolio can help capture returns where and when they occur. Investment opportunities exist all around the globe. Across more than 40 countries, there are over 15,000 publicly traded companies. If you listen to the news, however, some countries...

When Value Underperforms

Imagine you are a competitive diver in the Olympics. You will be judged on your form, your technique and the difficulty of your dives. The more complicated a dive, the higher your potential score. But also, the higher the chances of not executing the dive perfectly. Investing is similar. The more risk you take on...

The Uncommon Average

“I have found that the importance of having an investment philosophy—one that is robust and that you can stick with— cannot be overstated.” —David Booth The US stock market has delivered an average annual return of around 10% since 1926. But short-term results may vary, and in any given period stock returns can be...

The Index Bogeyman

Over the last several years, index funds have received increased attention from investors and the financial media. Some have even made claims that the increased usage of index funds may be distorting market prices. For many, this argument hinges on the premise that indexing reduces the efficacy of price discovery. If index funds are becoming...

Déjà Vu All Over Again

Investment fads are nothing new. When selecting strategies for their portfolios, investors are often tempted to seek out the latest and greatest investment opportunities. Over the years, these approaches have sought to capitalize on developments such as the perceived relative strength of particular geographic regions, technological changes in the economy, or the popularity of different...

Addressing Three Common Investor Questions

In 2017, global markets moved up most of the year, but that surely wasn’t the case in 2018. In fact, we haven’t seen that type of volatility in U.S. markets for some time. In this article, we’ll address three of the most common questions we’ve heard from investors curious about how their investment strategy is...

Holiday Greetings From Global

From all of us at Global, we wish you a very Happy Holiday season and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.  We hope you enjoy this year’s animated card below.  In recognition of the upcoming holidays, the offices of Global Business Management, Global Tax and Accounting, and Global Financial Advisory Services will be closed: Friday, December 21st...