Quantitative Easing

Cracked BRICS

by Michelle P. on June 22, 2013 · 4 comments

investing in brics

In last week’s podcast, I questioned if the Eurozone had the next big investment opportunities. In the near term…not really.

So the next natural place to look is in Emerging Markets. In particular, the BRICs: Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.

Are these countries living up to the pomp and circumstance that started in 2001 by Goldman Sachs analyst Jim O’Neill? Or, is “BRICS” turning out to be just a catchy acronym that lost popularity to the next shiny new investment idea on the scene?

Can we talk?

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how to beat inflation

The Fed has signaled that they may keep interest rates low and continue bond purchases until 2014 or 2015. Nevertheless, investors are edgy.

If Bernanke stops the Fed’s bond purchasing program, bond values may decrease causing rates to rise. The Fed also can’t keep interest rates low forever.

Higher interest rates will impact your savings and investments. Will you be ready when rates go back up? Are you aware of how rising interest rates may affect you? Are you ready to keep inflation from devouring your purchasing power, and – most importantly – do you know how?

You’d be surprised. I talk about how rising interest rates may impact your wallet, plus strategies to protect yourself, in this week’s podcast.

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