INVESTING TIPS: Top fund and trust ideas for emerging markets investors

INVESTING TIPS: Top fund and trust ideas for emerging markets investors
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By Simon Lambert

If you want emerging market funds to add some worldwide flair to your investments, read This is Money’s experts’ recommendations.

They have picked funds and investment trusts to use as starting points for what will hopefully be a successful income investing career.

Of course, which fund is best for you depends hugely on your individual circumstances and what investing story you think will unfold. So, always do your own research, choose your investments carefully and hopefully you will make your own good investing luck.

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Bank tips four rate cuts this year
News from Sydney Morning Herald:

WESTPAC’S most senior economist expects the official interest rate set by the Reserve Bank will fall to its lowest level on record by the end of the year, as global woes and falling consumer confidence stalls the economy.

The official rate would drop as low as 2.75 per cent in four steps by Christmas and standard variable rates on mortgages would fall to around 6 per cent, according to Westpac’s chief economist, Bill Evans, who correctly forecast last year that the central bank would slash rates this year.

His comments came as new figures show that while investment in the mining sector remains strong, in other areas spending has largely stalled. And the outlook for the miners is not as robust as hoped.

In China, steel mill operators, which dominate the market for Australia’s most lucrative export, iron ore, say they are fighting for survival, even as Beijing steps in to lift a sagging Chinese economy.

Local financial markets are fearful that the mining boom will falter. During May, the Australian sharemarket had its worst month in a year. The share prices of BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and Fortescue all fell by more than 10 per cent and the ASX/S&P200 ended 7.3 per cent lower for the month.

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How to Profit in Gold: Professional Tips and Strategies for Today’s Ultimate Safe Haven Investment

A golden investing opportunity you can’t afford to miss! The time is always right to invest in gold, but today’s economy has made this precious metal an ever more essential element in a properly allocated portfolio, as well as a particularly good commodity for long trading. Product manager for precious metals at Barclays Capital, Jonathan Spall provides a comprehensive overview of the subject and answers all the questions pertaining to investing in gold, including: Who are the major market makers? How and where is gold traded? Why are central banks committed holders of gold? How is interest on gold calculated? Which factors most affect price fl uctuations? How does the gold option market work? Should you invest in physical gold, ETFs, futures, or mining shares? You’ll also learn all the terminology regarding gold trading, plus you’ll get key information about the gold exchanges around the globe. With How to Profit in Gold , you will be on solid ground to correctly interpret the market and make the best investment decisions for your situation. As most investors know, gold is a “safe haven” asset that can actually increase in value during stock market slumps and recessions. But what else do you really know about this commodity? Are you taking full advantage of it? Do you know how to work it into your overall investment strategy? How to Profit in Gold is a comprehensive tutorial on making gold a profi table part of your investment strategy. Jonathan Spall, a 25-year veteran of the precious metals market, provides an inside look at how the precious metal is traded and priced, along with valuable insight into gold’s unique position in the marketplace. Filled with practical advice designed to help you get started right away, How to Profit in Gold explores such topics as: Simple and complex gold trading processes The pivotal role central banks play in the gold market Gold exchange-traded funds (ETFs) How spot gold is traded Why gold mining companies have traditionally hedged, and why they no longer do so Strategies for investing in the retail market Spall provides an extensive glossary of terms you’ll need to know, and he debunks various myths regarding this market, including the Fed’s supposed scheme to keep gold prices artificially low during the 1990s. The effects of global economic growth, the weakened dollar, the credit crunch, and the recent creation of enormous funds each affect the gold market; put them together and they add up to potential profits gold investors have never before dreamed of. Gold is a surprisingly small market. When you learn how to navigate it, the potential for excellent rewards becomes evident. Can you afford not to start investing in gold?
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