Category Archives: Stock Market Investing

Standoff and Stocks Selloff – Should Investors be Worried

newsweek - equitiesAs Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un keep threatening to have a showdown, the press cannot help but to sensationalise these events in-order to try and predict how the stock market will perform or justify how the markets have performed. It is surprising how potential events in Guam are having significant interest across the world. Here are a few headlines from the past few days: Continue reading

Top 5 Portfolio holdings – Pacific Ex-Japan Index Fund

pacific regionThe fifth and final world region to be considered in the index fund top 5 holdings series is the Pacific Ex-Japan index fund. This fund tracks an index which represent the biggest companies in Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and Singapore Oceania region. This fund excludes Japan which has its own index fund as detailed here. This fund employs a “passive management” investment style, a strategy which is designed to track the performance of the index by investing in all, or a representative sample of the securities of which the index is composed of. Continue reading

The true cost of home bias and currency risk on investments

 mount rushmore us presidents.When looking at stock market investment returns all is not as it initially seems. The returns of the separate funds within your personal portfolio can vary drastically from the actual returns of the underlying funds. This happens if your holdings are diversified; when you are invested in funds from different regions across the world.  The main reason for the difference in performance is the impact of risk caused by the variations in global currency exchange rates and Continue reading

How to track dividends for stock market index funds

“It pays dividends” – This is a fairly common saying which means that there will be a reward if we put a lot of effort into an activity or purpose. However, depending on the particular activity, it is not always possible to visualise these rewards even though they may not be abstract. A good example of this is the dividends paid by Accumulation stock market index funds. Continue reading