The telecommunications industry is evolving quickly. Recent data suggests, for example, that half of all adults in the United States have a tablet or smartphone. There are many countries that have an average of more than one cell phone line per person. In the developing economies, cell phones have allowed much broader access to voice and data services than would have been possible if the traditional fixed-line infrastructure needed to be built. Ten years ago, Nigeria had only 100,000 phone lines. Today, Nigeria has 100 Million cell phone accounts. The ways that people use telecommunications are also expanding. For people with little or no access to banking, mobile money services can provide the essential roles of banking. The continued convergence of banking with telecommunications has substantial implications for both. Continue reading
There are a large number of statistical measures available for looking at a mutual fund, ETF, stock or a combination of these in the total portfolio.
For an individual investor, what are the important measures and what do they mean? Over the next two days I will highlight the measures I think are critical to understanding and managing your investing portfolio.
Today, I’ll start with the best measurement of risk in any investment – its volatility. Continue reading
In recent debate over our piece on the tradeoffs of investing in dividend stocks in place of bonds, there was quite a lively discussion around investing in global dividend stocks. Much of it along the lines of “How come no one ever writes about income investing outside the US?” Continue reading