Daunted by the prospects of sorting it out, some investors look to the place they know best—their home market. There can be good reasons, such as tax benefits, for prioritizing an investment close to home, but too much home bias could mean underweighting or missing out on part of the investment universe.
Credit Scores are deceivingly important. Here’s why: Let’s say you go out to buy your dream home and get a $500,000 mortgage only to find out the late payments you had in training made your credit score fall to below 700 points. The difference between the best rate and the rate the banks will now offer you might be 0.50%. For most mortgages that’s a difference of around $150 per month or $54,000 over a 30-year period of time. Ouch!
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After logging strong returns in 2017, global equity markets delivered negative returns in US dollar terms in 2018. Common news stories in 2018 included reports on global economic growth, corporate earnings, record low unemployment in the US, the implementation of Brexit, US trade wars with China and other countries, and a flattening US Treasury yield curve. Global equity markets delivered positive returns through September, followed by a decline in the fourth quarter, resulting in a –4.4% return for the S&P 500 and –9.4% for the MSCI All Country World Index for the year.