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Nicolas A. Vardy is the London-based International Economics Correspondent for Human Events.
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  • 2015: How to Make Money in this Lousy Year

    It is turning out to be a tough 2015 for stock market investors. The U.S. S&P 500 is trading where it was back on March 31. Fundstrat’s Thomas Lee recently noted that this has been only the second time since | Read More »

  • The ‘Soft Power’ of Donald Trump

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  • The Global Market First-Half Scorecard

    We are now just past the halfway mark of 2015. And as the French say: “plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.” Loosely translated, this means “the more things change, the more things stay the same.” And looking at | Read More »

  • Investing in the Jewel of Southeast Asia

    I can’t say what made me fall in love with Vietnam — that a woman’s voice can drug you; that everything is so intense. The colors, the taste, even the rain. Nothing like the filthy rain in London. –Graham Greene, | Read More »

  • Why I’m Chomping at the Bit to Buy this Market

    Well, it took long enough. After six months of markets locked in a narrow trading range, U.S. investors finally have awoken from their apathetic slumber. Global stock markets sold off sharply yesterday in response to the unfolding crisis in Greece. | Read More »

  • Two Ways George Soros Could Profit from Greece

    Master speculator George Soros’ most famous trade was the one that “broke the Bank of England.” That was when the British pound exited the European Exchange Rate mechanism in September 1992. Soros reportedly made $1 billion that day after encouraging his | Read More »

  • Profit from the Stock Market’s Newest Red-Hot Tech Sector

    The “Internet of Everything” offers incalculable benefits as millions of devices become connected across the planet. At the same time, the explosion in connectedness has introduced the world to a new word in our vocabulary — “cybercrime.” Ironically, this also | Read More »

  • The World’s Most Expensive (and Cheapest) Stock Markets

    As an investor, you generally want to avoid expensive stocks and invest in cheap stocks. That’s not good news if you’re an average U.S. investor who has most of your money invested in the U.S. stock market. According to a | Read More »

  • China: Year of the Sheep, Year of the Bubble

    If you’ve been long in Chinese stocks this year, congratulations. You’ve made a lot of money in the Chinese “Year of the Sheep.” So far in 2015, stocks in the benchmark iShares China Large-Cap (FXI) have delivered anything but sheepish returns, with | Read More »

  • Four S&P 500-Beating Income Investments in 2015

    It has been a tough time to be an income investor over the past half decade. Start with the Fed’s zero interest rate policy (ZIRP). While helping pump up asset prices, the policy has punished savers and retirees who depend | Read More »

  • Investing in the French ‘Socialist Paradise’

    As I write this, I am on the Eurostar train whizzing back from Lyon, France’s “second city,” to London. I’ve just spent a few days touring Bourgogne (Burgundy) — arguably the center of the most exclusive wine region in the | Read More »

  • A Golden ‘Catch-Up’ Opportunity

    This week, I want to share with you the insights of a seasoned global investor and friend, Carl T. Delfeld of Blackthread. Carl has a unique “boots on the ground” perspective on the investment opportunities in Asia and has led | Read More »

  • Why ‘Smarter’ is Always Better

    Some things just get better with age. Other predictions prove prescient, confirmed with the benefit of 20:20 hindsight. Both of these clichés apply to my views on the recent explosion in “smart-beta” exchange-traded funds (ETFs). First, over the past several | Read More »

  • Why Investing in Japan is Still a No Brainer

    The gains in the Japanese stock market have been particularly robust, with Japanese stocks near the top of the 46 global stock markets I monitor daily.

  • Big Gains Come in All Sorts of Packages

    Investing is a harsh taskmaster. Each day, cold, hard numbers tell you what you got right and what you got wrong. If you’ve been bullish on a country’s stock market and that country lights up the scoreboard with big gains, | Read More »

  • Optimism Fades for the U.S. Large-Cap Bull

    During the first three months of the year, the S&P 500 Index has barely budged, providing zero upside for investors pegged to this leading benchmark measure of the U.S. domestic equity market.

  • ‘Exponential’ Investing Explained

    Technology is back. With the U.S. Nasdaq hitting the 5,000 level on March 10 for the first time since the dot.com bubble peaked just over 15 years ago, investors are slowly climbing back onto the technology investing bandwagon. While the | Read More »

  • Honoring the Legacy of Singapore’s ‘George Washington’

    On Monday, the world lost one of the most prominent, controversial and arguably most effective political leaders of the last 60 years, Singapore’s founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. He passed away peacefully at the Singapore General Hospital at the | Read More »

  • Why My #1 Bet on Europe Is Soaring: 'I Told You So'

    Why My #1 Bet on Europe Is Soaring: ‘I Told You So’

    It was just over a month ago that I appeared on the Fox Business Network and recommended that U.S. investors put their money to work in Europe. To say that my recommendation was greeted with skepticism would be an understatement. After all, as | Read More »

  • Be the ‘Alpha Dog’ with this Hedge Fund ETF

    When it comes to leadership qualities, it helps to be an “alpha.” The same applies in the world of investing. In the language of finance, “alpha” refers to the amount by which a portfolio outperforms its underlying index, adjusted for | Read More »