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The list of worldwide economic concerns is daunting, including the European sovereign-debt crisis, a sluggish recovery in the United States, and the prospect of slowing growth in China and other key emerging markets. What’s an investor to do? In Around the World of Investing Opportunity Milton Ezrati, Lord Abbett Partner, Senior Economist and Market Strategist, notes that the challenging conditions in the global economy have lured people to seek safe-haven investments. But as investors take shelter in cash and instruments such as U.S. Treasury bonds, these investment choices pay such poor yields that presumed "safety" comes at tremendous cost. For example, government debt issues in some countries have recently featured negative yields. Ezrati notes that investors seeking better returns must consider riskier investments. Here, he identifies some segments of the global financial landscape that offer the potential for solid returns.
Contrary to perceptions of Europe as a monolithic, high-risk continent, Lord Abbett’s International Equity team still finds opportunities in the region by using a global sector approach that draws on the team’s extensive experience of past crises. Lord Abbett Partners and Directors of International Equity Harold Sharon and Vincent McBride and Lord Abbett Portfolio Managers Yarek Aranowicz and Todd Jacobson share their perspectives on the region, and the associated investment prospects for selected areas.
High dividend yields overseas have been a key ingredient for long-term outperformance. In fact, the longer the investment time horizon, the more important dividend income is to an investor. Vincent McBride, Lord Abbett Partner & Director of International Equity, explains how a portfolio featuring high-yielding international dividend stocks, with the dividends reinvested, can generate attractive total returns over time.
The opinions in the preceding commentary are as of the date of publication and subject to change based on subsequent developments and may not reflect the views of the firm as a whole. This material is not intended to be legal or tax advice and is not to be relied upon as a forecast, or research or investment advice regarding a particular investment or the markets in general, nor is it intended to predict or depict performance of any investment. Investors should not assume that investments in the securities and/or sectors described were or will be profitable. This document is prepared based on information Lord Abbett deems reliable; however, Lord Abbett does not warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information. Investors should consult with a financial advisor prior to making an investment decision.
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