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Will The Tax Code Overhaul Really Help Your Investments?

As Congress votes on the first major tax code overhaul in three decades, stock markets across the globe are in rally mode. After details of the final product came out it is clear that pass through tax benefits to real estate investors, like Mr. Trump, may be substantial. But will the tax code overhaul really help your investments? Apple may get a downgrade because analysists think the iPhone product cycle may be getting old. And, do all stocks benefit from changes in the tax code? The New York Times tallies up the winners and losers of the tax bill.

President Trump has called the $1.5 trillion tax cut that Republican lawmakers are on the verge of passing a Christmas present for the entire nation.

But the fine print reveals that some will get a much nicer gift than others, the benefits will change over time, and some will be left out in the cold. Real estate developers and technology companies could see big tax cuts, while low-income households and people buying health insurance could lose out.

With the bill finally headed to a vote this coming week, taxpayers are scrambling to determine whether the legislation renders them winners or losers.

If their analysis is correct real estate developers like the family of the president will make out well and perhaps the likes of Apple will get help in the event of a fading product cycle. Important parts of the tax code overhaul are the reduction of the corporate tax rate and the significant reduction of the tax on repatriated corporate profits. Shareholders of companies with billions of dollars stashed offshore my see increased dividends and soaring share prices as corporations take advantage of the new tax code and bring money back home to the USA. Who has the most offshore?

APPL: $216 Billion
MSFT: $128 Billion
CSCO: $68 Billion
QCOM: $30 Billion
AMGN: $36 Billion
ORCL: $48 Billion
GE: $35 Billion

Business Insider provided these numbers and writes that the tax plan could bring $250 Billion into the USA.

The repatriation tax holiday outlined in the plan, for which details were released on Thursday, is designed to incentivize US-based companies that do big business overseas to bring those profits back home.

By Goldman Sachs’ calculation, S&P 500 companies hold $920 billion of untaxed overseas cash, and the firm estimates that $250 billion of that would be repatriated. Looking at all US-based companies, Citigroup says there’s a whopping $2.5 trillion of capital stashed internationally.

Not all offshore cash will ever be repatriated because US multinationals have expenses in their offshore operations and it makes no sense to send money back to the USA to get taxed and then send it back offshore to pay wages or build new manufacturing and shipping facilities. And, while companies like Apple have huge stores of offshore cash there are smaller companies with only a billion or so for whom repatriation will be a much bigger deal for their investors.


What Should Bitcoin Be Worth?

The cryptocurrency feeding frenzy continues as you can now trade bitcoin futures. So much has been written about how bitcoin trading is like the tulip bulb frenzy in Holland centuries ago. But those who believe in bitcoin believe that the cryptocurrency will eventually replace currencies like the dollar, euro and yen. If you are interested in making money in cryptocurrencies or their futures contracts you need to have a basis on which to make your decisions. The question is what should bitcoin be worth? Investopedia poses the question, why do bitcoins have value.

Currency also provides a universal measurement for accounting purposes. For instance, without currency, it is difficult to compare companies that sell different goods. Currency is used as a store of value, which makes saving, investing and banking easier.

Some currencies, like gold, have value because they are useful as a commodity. Government fiat currencies, like the U.S. dollar, have value because governments grant them legal tender status and only accept taxes through them.

Bitcoins do not have value as a physical commodity like gold and are not widely accepted as legal tender like dollars.

Bitcoin has value to those who by them for the following reasons.

There are buyers and sellers of bitcoin making it possible to buy bitcoins with dollars and to buy dollars with bitcoins. For those in the bitcoin world bitcoin is an accepted currency.

Bit coin is also decentralized making it hard to tax and hard to trace. Ongoing criticism of bitcoin is that drug dealers use the cryptocurrency to move their ill-gotten profits.

For those worried about governments printing more money to pay their debts there is a limit to how fast bitcoins can be mined and there is a cap on the total number of bitcoins so inflation will not take away bitcoin value.

And bitcoin is being used as an investment because the price is rising.

And last of all the cryptocurrency world is a social network that feeds on itself.

But, What Should a Bitcoin Be Worth?

The Forex market shows us that the value of any currency is relative to the value of others. Thus one trades dollars for euros and Swiss francs for yen. The value of a nation’s currency is based on central bank monetary policy, the strength of national economy and the stability of its political system. None of these are factors with bitcoin. Bitcoin is valuable because people see its value going up and want to get in on the profits. The base value of bitcoin is probably somewhere above zero as there is a benefit to some of keeping their transactions private.

Although some have called bitcoin a fraud that is not the case. Bitcoin is an alternative way to hold wealth and hopefully for bitcoin enthusiasts, to buy things. But what should a bitcoin be worth? Anyone trading bitcoin may be making profits but what happens when one approaches retirement? Will bitcoin hold its value over the years or will the wild swings in value accelerate making it risky as a long term holder of wealth? Short term trading of bitcoin with money that you can afford to lose may be profitable but this is not a widows and orphans stock that you can buy and forget about in your old age or you will wake up to find that bitcoin is back at $1.


Could You Be a Bitcoin Billionaire?

Bitcoin just keeps going up despite repeated comparisons to the Dutch tulip bulb mania and crash centuries ago. Now, according to the news, there are two bitcoin billionaires, the Winklevoss twins. These guys successfully sued Marc Zuckerberg for $64 million claiming that he stole the idea for Facebook from Harvard Connection, of which they were co-founders. That is where the money came from to buy bitcoins. Business Insider notes the billionaire status of the Winklevoss boys as bitcoin goes above $11,500.

Bitcoin’s rise comes amid continued interest in the digital currency from both ordinary investors and institutions. Last week it emerged that exchange operator Nasdaq could follow rival CME Group in launching bitcoin future contracts next year, a sign that professional investors are increasingly taking the asset seriously.

Former Olympic rowers Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss disclosed in 2013 that they owned $11 million worth of bitcoin. The cryptocurrencies meteoric rise since then – it has risen over 1,000% this year alone – has propelled that investment to over $1 billion, according to the Telegraph.

Could you be a bitcoin billionaire? First, it helps to start with a few million and then you need to go back in time to at least before the start of 2017 for the most recent impressive run up. But people are still putting money into bitcoin so it would appear that folks still expect to make money, a lot of it, on bitcoin. Is that realistic?

The Other Side of the “Bit” Coin

The folks who believed that paper money would become worthless back in the 1970s bought gold. They did so again in the first decade of this century. Now bitcoin seems to have taken the place of gold for those who distrust other means of investing, creating and holding wealth. What do other billionaires think about bitcoin? Coin Desk quotes both Carl Icahn and Warren Buffett in saying that bitcoin seems like a bubble.

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn has jumped on the bandwagon of financial bigwigs saying bitcoin is in a bubble.

The investor further compared the bitcoin market to 18th-century Mississippi land bubble before it finally collapsed. “To me, this is what this is,” he said.

His comments follow similar comments from investor Warren Buffett in October, describing bitcoin as a “real bubble.” Buffett said at the time, “People get excited from big price movements, and Wall Street accommodates,” while criticizing the idea of applying a value to bitcoin.

If you listen to these guys the odds of you being a bitcoin billionaire are pretty small even if you invested a billion today. Our question is if this is a version of pump and dump seen with penny stocks traded over the counter. In a traditional pump and dump scheme there are folks who have an established position in a stock. They promote the heck out of it and sell when their hype brings in buyers and drives the price up. Although the bitcoin market is a lot bigger than a penny stock market cap the mechanics could be the same with a few folks in dominant positions able to manipulate the market for their personal gain. If you have money that you can afford to lose you might want to put a little into bitcoin to see if you can make a little money but this is not where to put your retirement savings.


When the Chinese Market Implodes What Happens to Your Investments

As US investors consider the odds of a stock market correction investors in China are already selling stocks. The Financial Times reports on a fresh China stock selloff.

Chinese stocks were back under pressure, as concern about a government crackdown on leverage levels continue to unnerve investors, leaving sentiment fragile.

The CSI300, a composite of stocks listed in Shenzhen and Shanghai, fell 1.3 per cent to a near-three-week low after notching its biggest one-day fall in 17 months on Thursday amid concerns over rising corporate bond yields. Since the start of trade then, it is down by over 4 per cent, trimming its year-to-date advance to 22 per cent.

The decades-long Chinese economic expansion was based on borrowing to build manufacturing and export capacity and has left the China with a huge amount of private and public debt. The situation in China is reminiscent of that in Japan in the late 1980s when their economy seems all set to take over the world and then hidden debts stifled growth and sent them into a quarter century of deflation. Thus the Chinese economy may be in for a reset or may implode leaving things in shambles for years if not decades. Our concern is when the Chinese market implodes what happens to your investments?

Are You Invested in China?

A lot of foreign direct investment has gone into China. Likewise if you own some is it time to sell Chinese stocks as we asked a couple of years ago. The point is that if you own Chinese stocks directly or as ADRs and have seen them go up over the years it may be time to take a little profit before the sheer weight of debt and heavy handed regulation causes their economy and markets to implode.

How Will a Chinese Crash Affect Your Investments Back Home?

In the early days of the Great Recession it was Chinese borrowing, investing and purchasing that helped the global economy get back on track. Buying German machines, paying for Japanese management and buying raw materials from the whole world helped the global economy when it was most in need. And if China implodes it will buy fewer raw materials and fewer German machines and pay less for Japanese management. That will cause a ripple effect throughout the global economy. Everyone who buys from or sells to someone else will feel the effect. If nations respond with higher tariffs or devaluations of their currencies a global trade war could ensue. When the Chinese market implodes what happens to your investments that rely on exports, imports and global trade? US retail stocks look good after a successful start to the Christmas shopping season. But according to CNBC there is now a 70 percent change of a US stock market correction.

Don’t panic, but there is now a 70 percent chance of a U.S. stock market correction, according to research conducted by fund giant Vanguard Group. There is always the risk of a correction in stocks, but the Vanguard research shows that the current probability is 30 percent higher than what has been typical over the past six decades.

Vanguard, which manages roughly $5 trillion in assets and is a proponent of long-term investing, isn’t sounding the alarm bells to scare investors out of the market. But according to Vanguard’s chief economist Joe Davis, investors do need to be prepared for a significant downturn.

“It’s about having reasonable expectations.”

Look at your investments and which will depend on foreign trade or which are investments in foreign countries that could be hurt by another recession. Buy and sell accordingly and be ready when the Chinese market implodes

Should You Be Investing Offshore?

The US stock market rally may have run its course. But the old saying is that there is always a bull market somewhere. Should you be investing in foreign stocks? Money Watch writes about why foreign stocks are beckoning US investors.

Investors in Wall Street’s long-running bull market are obviously a very happy bunch. But many who now question just how long the party will hold up have started looking elsewhere to move at least part of their money. And these days, the international equity markets are beckoning – enticingly so.

Indeed, recent trends have fueled rallies in Europe and the emerging markets, analysts point out, although the US equity market continues to have an enormous lead on the rest of the world after the financial crisis. Many global market analysts note that prices are no longer cheap by historical standards, but even so, international stocks look more favorable compared with US stocks.

As earnings continue to drive growth the best places to be may well be Europe or in emerging markets. Further down the list is China where there is still great promise but also increasing risk based on excess manufacturing capacity and an awful lot of debt that just keeps increasing.

The underlying risk in investing in China is still that the government controls the economy. An example is the recent shadow bank clampdown that briefly drove Chinese stocks higher. Bloomberg writes about how investors drove stocks higher in the belief that the government will move in to cover bad debts.

Chinese stocks rallied in late trade as markets took a closer look at the nation’s new plans to rein in shadow banks and some traders speculated that state funds would act to stem excessive losses.

While analysts applauded the plan as an important step toward curbing risk in China’s financial system, they also warned of turbulence as markets adjust to outflows from popular shadow-banking products. The government directives, set to take effect in 2019, are the latest in a series of moves to reduce financial risk that have whipsawed financial markets this year.

China is trying to change its economy from a borrow, produce, export and grow model based on increasing markets when markets are not going to keep increasing forever. Likewise many emerging markets show promise but investors need to be aware of the resource curse of boom and bust cycles in economies that depend so heavily on selling the raw materials used by more advanced economies.

Brazil rode high during its commodity boom and has been licking its wounds ever since. Venezuela bought friends in the Caribbean with discounted oil and now its citizens cannot find milk, diapers or toilet paper in the stores. Beware of the resource curse of boom and bust cycles in commodity dependent economies.

However, these economies have gone bust with the onset of the Great Recession and are growing again. Look at the World Bank information on foreign direct investment to see where the smart money is going. Then consider US multinationals that do business in these regions or funds that invest in the region and help you diversify your risk. Last of all consider ADRs of individual companies if you are investing offshore.

Should Investors Be Scared as Markets Cool Off?

Did you lose a lot of money in the 2008 stock market and real estate market crashes? If so you probably wish you had listened to that little voice in your head that said it was time to take profits and sit on cash for a while. It was not like there was no warning. Look at Google Finance and you can see how the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust peaked in late 2007! For the next twelve months the market was in an ever-steeper decline.

SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust

Anyone who listened to that little voice and got out saved of money and had more to re-invest after the market bottomed out. Which brings us to the point of this article, should investors be scared as markets cool off today?

Every Rally Eventually Corrects

Whenever the markets in stocks, bonds or real estate get overpriced there is eventually a correction. Strong earnings have been keeping this one alive but so has the hope and expectation of substantial tax cuts. Most recently the stock market is off because the long hoped for tax relief may be longer in coming than expected. Reuters writes that global stocks fall on U.S. tax reform doubts.

Uncertainty over a U.S. tax reform deal pushed world stock markets further away from recent record highs on Monday.

There was caution as investors waited to see whether a U.S. tax deal would be hammered out soon. U.S. Senate Republicans have unveiled a new plan that differs from the House of Representatives’ version and there are few signs of a compromise.

“All eyes are on what the Senate and the House of Representatives will do on their tax bills,” said Nobuhiko Kuramochi, chief strategist at Mizuho Securities. “That there is debate is not surprising at all. Still, it is an uphill moment for markets.”

The immediate concern of the markets is whether we see US taxes cut next year, the year after or not at all. The concern for long term investors is whether or not tax cuts are such a good idea. We wrote about this in our article about Republicans, Economists and tax cuts.

As congressional action progresses so will the belief that tax cuts are in the wings. And thus the market may reignite and continue to go up. But eventually, what drives stock prices is the strength of the economy and one of the factors that drives or impedes the US economy is the cost of the nearly $18 Trillion US debt. In the end the issue comes down to who is right about tax cuts, the Republicans or the economists.

This is not an esoteric argument. Stock traders may make short term profits from the enthusiasm generated by the possibility of tax cuts. And short term investors may do well from stimulated business activity. But long term investors like the Warren Buffetts of the world are essentially betting on the US economy and too much debt will kill any benefits of tax cuts on economic growth and on stock prices. In short congress needs to get this right.

So, should investors be scared as markets cool off? The old saying is that you do not have a profit until you have taken a profit because any hot market be it real estate, stocks, gold or bitcoin can cool off in a hurry. Anyone with an eye toward a successful and secure future will hedge their bets at some point, diversify and hold a bit more cash.

What Are Some Safe Investment Options Today?

Where should you invest today as the stock market reaches new highs and vehicles like bitcoin sky rocket? Are you into market timing or long term investment? Either way the best advice comes from legendary investor, Warren Buffett. His two rules for investment are these. Rule one: Do not lose money. Rule two: Remember rule number one! If you have made some money in the market in the last few years or if you have sat on the sidelines and want to get in, what are some safe investment options today?

The Promise of Trump or Not

The shock of Trump winning the presidency wore off very fast and a market that tanked overnight has grown steadily ever since. Pundits have assumed that the promise of Trump to lower taxes, deregulate, bring offshore corporate cash back home and stimulate the economy with massive infrastructure spending have been the drivers of the market. But very little of the Trump promise has come to pass. Bloomberg writes that Trump policies have done nothing for stocks and it has been strong corporate earnings that have sustained the market rally.

Decomposing stock returns over the last year, our analysis shows that earnings growth is responsible for most of the appreciation in equities. While analysts assessed the potential impact on earnings from potential corporate tax changes, the recovery in corporate earnings was underway well before the election. The S&P 500 has posted an average gain of 1.6 percent a month over the last 12 months. The contribution from earnings has been 1.5 percent on average a month. Treasury yields have climbed, acting as a drag on stock prices. However, this drag has been largely offset by a lower risk premium. That’s not especially surprising given stronger investor optimism.

If earnings are the key to stock market performance the question is how long will earnings last? And what happens when the economy slows and earnings drop? The Trump administration and Republicans say that a healthy tax cut will drive economic growth higher but most economists disagree with Republicans.

Assuming that earnings drive the value of investments what are some safe investment options today? Take a look at our article about how to invest $10,000. Please note that we suggest that you first pay off credit card debt and put enough money to pay the bills for several months in the bank. Then considering buying your own home and taking advantage of the deduction on mortgage interest payments. And finally use IRAs and 401Ks to take advantage of tax deferred savings vehicles.

Investing in companies with cash is always a means of obtaining a margin of safety in a stock portfolio. A company like Microsoft has gone through its incredible growth phase and is sort of hung up the high twenties. However, it pays about a 2.5% dividend and typically has billions of dollars in cash at its disposal. This cash reserve allows a company to weather economic storms without going into bankruptcy and allows it to take advantage of potentially profitable takeover opportunities.

Since we wrote this, 7 years ago Microsoft has tripled in value and trades at more than $80 a share while paying a 2% dividend. The key to determining what is a safe long term investment is calculation of intrinsic value whether it is in stocks, real estate or bonds. And be sure to diversify in order to reduce the risk of one bad decision and increase your chances of finding the next Microsoft just at it goes public.

Is It Time to Sell GM?

GM was the biggest corporation in the world back in its heyday. And then, decades later, it went into bankruptcy during the first days of the Great Recession. GM is back on its feet but what is its future? We asked is GM a good investment in an article 7 years ago.

Despite expectations of an opening stock price for the GM IPO of $33 the stock opened at nearly $35.50. The question, “is GM a good investment,” seemed to be answered with a resounding, “yes.” The stock rose to nearly $36 within minutes until profit taking took the new General Motors stock down to below $35 by 10 am EST. The stock recovered to near $36 again before starting a steady decline throughout the day. So much for the first day after GM stock returned from the dead. For the long term investor the question is not such much the hoopla of first day IPO sales and day traders taking profits.

The question had to do with making a profit and steadily increasing intrinsic stock value for GM investors. In the days of GM dominance this had to do with making an attractive and reliable car at a time when Detroit could expect to sell more cars each and every year. Now with electric cars, self-driving cars and fewer cars in future the question is who can make this work, make a profit and return that profit to investors? In that light we asked a couple of years ago is GM back?

Is GM back? Reuters reports that GM profit tops estimates with an improved profit margin in China and strong truck sales.

And then there was the ignition switch scandal in which GM was aware for years that if someone hung a heavy key chain from the ignition switch of their cars the car could shut off while moving. There were accidents and deaths and subsequently calls of criminal charges against the GM hierarchy. That issue has blended into the background and has cost GM a pretty penny. But the long term issue is if GM can be the car maker of the future and just what the car maker of the future will look like.

CNBC notes that GM stock just took a hit.

The automaker’s stock was downgraded to “sell” from “neutral” at Goldman Sachs, which points to the current valuation and the likelihood of a downward inflection for GM earnings in 2018.

The bottom line, as always, is if the company will be making money and returning value to shareholders into the long term future. Our sister site, ProfitableTradingTips.com looked at GM after a recent analyst upgrade and asked should you buy General Motors stock.

The world of automobiles is changing. More and more folks in cities take public transportation and rent a car for the day or even a few hours when needed. Electric cars may be the only models available in a decade and self-driving cars are on the way. Who is going to thrive in this environment and who is going to disappear? In the glory years for cars in the 1950s common names like Studebaker, Packard and American Motors vanished as the Big Three automakers dominated. Then foreign imports prospered and eventually contributed to bankruptcy of Chrysler two times around and finally GM. There is no promise that large American car makers or any current car makers will succeed in business as the world of cars changes.

That is the bottom line for the car industry. Car makers like GM are where carriage makers, saddle makers and wagon makers were at the beginning the era of the internal combustion engine. Some, like Studebaker, adapted and lasted for half a century but otherwise they become a foot note in history. Is it time to sell GM? It may be too early to tell but anyone with investments in the auto industry needs to pay attention and have a solid game plan or they might just wake up one morning to find that their stock has gone the way of the industries that supported the horse as the preferred mode of transportation.

How Do Events in Japan Help or Hurt Your Investments?

In the investing world it helps to pay attention to what is going on throughout the world. When Japan was the economic powerhouse of the 1980s they were buying up properties in the USA and their stock market threatened to eclipse that of the USA. Even after the economic collapse caused by hidden debt and subsequent deflation Japan´s currency has remained a safe haven and events in Japan still affect Asia, Europe and North America. How do events in Japan help or hurt your investments today? Reuters provides a small example after a victory of Prime Minister Abe´s ruling party in Japan. The Abe approach to the Japanese economy is to stimulate it with an inflationary policies. This is referred to as Abenomics and a victory for Abenomics lifts world stocks as well as the dollar.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s election victory lifted world stocks and the dollar on Monday, relegating concerns about Spain’s escalating political crisis to little more than a blip on the market radar.

Abe’s emphatic win, which heralds a continuation of Japan’s hyper-easy monetary policy, kept risk-on bets in play after fresh optimism about tax cuts in the United States had pushed Wall Street to a new record on Friday.

U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open for Wall Street, tracking gains for other major stock markets.

The spillover from the Abe victory and promise of more easy money in Japan is not just limited to the USA.

Also trading on Abe’s big win, euro zone borrowing costs fell, as bond markets ready for the European Central Bank to signal baby steps away from its ultra-easy policy stance on Thursday and for the U.S. Federal Reserve to hike rates in December.

German Bund futures FGBLc1 were up 0.1 percent.

“Now there’s a renewed mandate for quantitative easing, which means a weaker yen and stronger Japanese government bond prices. It also has a significant spillover for other developed markets,” said Peter Chatwell, head of euro rates strategy at Mizuho.

Events in Japan do not play out all by themselves. Rather they play off of issues such as possible large tax cuts in the USA.

As congressional action progresses so will the belief that tax cuts are in the wings. And thus the market may reignite and continue to go up. But eventually, what drives stock prices is the strength of the economy and one of the factors that drives or impedes the US economy is the cost of the nearly $18 Trillion US debt. In the end the issue comes down to who is right about tax cuts, the Republicans or the economists.

Economists may be concerned about economic policy in Japan or excessive tax cuts in the USA but the markets are excited about potentially higher stock prices based on at least temporary earnings increases. To the extent that events in Japan and elsewhere drive up stock prices you should play attention and to the extent that such policies in Japan or in the USA drive up debt you should beware.

Are There Any Sleepers You Should Invest In?

The stock market just keeps going up. In the depths of the Great Recession you could have bought Amazon.com for $37 a share and now it trades close to $1,000. Amazon.com also has a P/E ratio of 250. In fact the tech darlings that are still driving the rally are all overpriced by historic standards. Are there any bargains left? Are there any sleepers you should invest in? CNBC writes about 5 stocks that have gone nowhere in 2017 but are stocks that may be worth buying.

In the midst of a raging bull market, some stocks in the S&P 500 have seen virtually no gains or losses this year.
But some of them could be worth buying for a breakout, according to some market participants.

Goldman Sachs, Quest Diagnostics, Mylan, Concho Resources and Fastenal have all been trading within 0.2 percent of where they began the year. Max Wolff, chief economist at Disruptive Technology Advisers, says two of them stick out to him the most.

The first of these is big bank Goldman Sachs, which actually fell following its earnings report on Tuesday.

The underlying theme for each of these stocks is the reemergence of inflation as an economic factor and revival of the global economy.

Where Should You Invest?

If you think that the US stock rally has nearly run its course you can search for overlooked stocks or you can look offshore. We have written about foreign direct investment and suggested looking at the most recent World Investment Report published by the United Nations.

Follow the money is age old advice for knowing why something is happening. In this case we would like to follow the money that goes into foreign direct investment. Foreign direct investment is done by folks with lots of money and the intention to stay a course and make a profit. If you are looking for offshore investment ideas, take a look at where foreign direct investment goes year after year after year. There have been changes afoot regarding where foreign direct investment is going. A very useful reference in this regard is the just published United Nations study, World Investment Report.

Whether you are looking for foreign direct investment ideas or simply looking to see where the smart money is going take a look at the most recent 2017 report.

In 2016, global flows of foreign direct investment fell by about 2 per cent, to $1.75 trillion. Investment in developing countries declined even more, by 14 per cent, and flows to LDCs and structurally weak economies remain volatile and low. Although UNCTAD predicts a modest recovery of FDI flows in 2017-2018, they are expected to remain well below their 2007 peak.

The point is that you need to be selective about where you put your money. In order of who is considered the best investment location the USA leads followed by China, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Brazil, the UK, Germany and Mexico. Only the USA, Germany and the UK qualify as developed countries and fall in the best places to invest category.

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