International Financial Markets – Investment and Speculation

A discussion on what investors today want to see on a global basis, how markets reflect discounts from their highs and stock purchases in highly discounted markets as an overall strategy.

An examination of the many factors investors in global stock markets will have to consider in the next millennium, including whether the value of their shares is driven by the rational estimation of future corporate earnings or whether mass psychology and speculative mania drive the value of their investments. The writer contends that in either case, factors of risk, globalization, currency, regulation and trade will come into play, either in consideration of their effects on social factors, or in the possible or probable profitability of any stock or stock market in an increasingly international environment.
“As monetary, political, trade and other restrictions are eased in countries all over the world, more investors find themselves able to contemplate maximizing their returns in international financial markets or on foreign companies listed on domestic exchanges the capital markets have become global; currently, more than 300 companies from fifty countries trade their shares on the NYSE, and are worth about ten percent of the market value of U.S. equities (International Monetary Fund, 1999).Growth in foreign trade and financial activities has rapidly led to closer integration of financial markets around the world. Deregulation, privatization and liberalization has led to an increasing number of markets, banks and brokerage firms, and increased the volume of asset exchange and ownership on a global scale. Facilitated by technology allowing for real-time trading all over the world, globalization of financial and trade markets has been a source of economic growth and prosperity for investors, countries and corporate entities in even the remotest developing areas.”