- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (April 3, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1118171918
- ISBN-13: 978-1118171912
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
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"Investing globally requires both a guide and a plan of action. In Where in the World Should I Invest, Karim Rahemtulla shares not only opportunities to profit that exist now, but also opportunities for tomorrow that are still beyond the reach of investors' radar. His international background and extensive travels combine to provide a frank and practical review of the most dynamic growth stories of today and tomorrow."
—Bill Bonner, New York Times bestselling author
"Karim Rahemtulla is the new International Man. To profit and invest in the dynamic global economy of the 21st century, you need a well-documented passport—but if you don't have 10 years to travel, better to buy Karim's book, an indispensable short-cut. This is the best hands-on guidebook to global investing I've ever read. His personal travels are brimming with insights and wisdom."
—Mark Skousen, Editor, Forecasts & Strategies, Bestselling Author
“Investors should seek out the best investment opportunities wherever they reside. And I know no one is more capable of uncovering them than Karim Rahemtulla. He has been there on the ground many times - in Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Pacific Rim—researching and analyzing hundreds of stocks and bonds, and recommending to his readers with extraordinary success. Now—with Where in the World Should I Invest—he shares the best of what he's learned with you. This is essential reading for every serious investor.”
—Alex Green, Investment Director, The Oxford Club; New York Times bestselling author
“Karim has written a handy and practical investment guide to some of the world’s most attractive emerging markets. But it’s unlike most such guides in that Karim has done what others haven’t: He got out of his office and had a look himself. This is the best kind of research, by a well-traveled hand who has been there and asked the tough questions. A must-have for anyone thinking of investing abroad.”
—Chris Mayer, author, World Right Side Up: Investing Across Six Continents and Editor, Capital & Crisis
“Karim Rahemtulla is one of the smartest investing minds working in the trenches today. It's important to listen to what he has to say here - in fact your entire financial life may depend on it. He shows in great detail and with fearlessness where the next generation of mega wealthy individual will make their millions. Follow his advice, and you could be one of them.”
—Mike Ward, Publisher, Money Map Press
"Karim does it again, taking us through a wide range of global markets in what seems to be an effortless and enjoying read. From Tallinn to Toledo, he shows us opportunities that exist in markets all over the world and are accessible to anyone, not just the Wall Street elite. A top notch read for every serious investor."
—Kevin Kerr, President, Kerr Trading International
“Karim Rahemtulla is at the top of my list whenever I want on-the-ground feedback on any emerging market. For over two decades now I've delighted in hearing Karim's first-rate travel experiences to exotic lands. But what I appreciate most is his brutal candor when it comes to what's really going on in a country, from the politics to the local small business owners. Karim's teachings of the pitfalls of global investing are a rarity on Wall Street. Combined with his successful, under-the-radar global profit opportunities —they are invaluable.”
—Julia C. Guth, Publisher, The Oxford Club Group
“Well versed, well travelled and well informed, Karim is the ideal guide for international investing.”
—Keith Fitz-Gerald, Chairman, The Fitz-Gerald Group, Chief Investment Strategist, Money Map Press Author, Fiscal Hangover: How to Invest in the New Global Economy (Wiley 2009)
“If there's one person I would trust on what investments to make outside of the U.S., Karim would be my go-to guy. The true genius of his travels is the deep investigative results he comes away with after meeting business insiders, corporate executives, members of various foreign stock exchanges, and people in the trenches on the street. Karim gives multiple investing ideas including mutual funds and ETFs and individual stocks for places all around the world, including: Southeast Asia, Africa, the Middle East, South America, Central America, and Eastern Europe. It is fast-paced, well-written, funny, and truly worthy of your time, and it contains a wealth of information about where to shop, eat and stay too! Karim has been in the investing business for 20+ years and his knowledge of global investing is superior to most in the field.”
—Lee Lowell, editor of The Instant Money Trader newsletter for The White Cap Research Group and a former NYMEX options market-maker
“Karim is truly a modern day Magellan. Where in the World Should I Invest is proof positive that his insights into today’s most fertile capital markets literally have no borders. Thank you, Karim, for sharing such a lucrative journey with us!”
—Robert Williams, Publisher and Founder, Wall Street Daily
“Take some of the world’s most seasoned investment advice, mix with decades of globe-trotting, on-the-ground travel, dining, and research, and you’ll be glued to your chair for hours reading this book. Every traveler who invests, or every investor who travels, should have this book tucked under his or her arm when they board their flight.”
—David Fessler, Energy & Infrastructure Specialist, The Oxford Club
“You'd be crazy to invest in emerging markets without first reading Where in the World Should I Invest. Not only is it a fun and interesting read, Karim has had his boots on the ground in the countries he's written about, met with officials, and has a unique perspective you won't find anywhere else. It's a must have for any emerging markets investor.”
—Marc Lichtenfeld, Associate Investment Director, The Oxford Club
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Economic growth in the West has slowed to a crawl, severely hampering investment opportunities, but there's still plenty of money to be madeperhaps more than ever beforeyou just need to know where to look. In Where in the World Should I Invest?: An Insider's Guide to Making Money Around the Globe, emerging markets trading expert Karim Rahemtulla shares over two decades of experience travelling the globe in search of winning investment opportunities, revealing the secrets to putting your money into up-and-coming markets.
With numerous developing countries enjoying rates of growth four- to five-times greater than the United States and other developed nations, the time to invest abroad has come. Providing comprehensive, accessible, and at times amusing evaluations of opportunities in China, India, Egypt, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Turkey, Singapore, Russia and the CIS, Brazil, Chile, Africa, Central America, Eastern Europe, and Argentina, this book is the essential resource for exploring investment opportunities in emerging markets. Rich in detail, it provides unique insights into which countries are on the verge of breaking out and which are likely to fall short of their potential, giving you everything you need to make careful, considered decisions about what to do with your money.
Unlike other guides to investing in emerging markets which focus on financial metrics but ignore practical, man-on-the-ground knowledge, Where in the World Should I Invest? is packed with expert advice gleaned from the author's time spent meeting with local officials, hanging out with soon-to-be-deposed finance ministers, and dealing with frauds.
Analyzing the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats involved in investing in developing markets, and even providing an occasional sightseeing tip, Where in the World Should I Invest? offers investors of all stripes a unique behind-the-scenes look at "low float" markets around the globe, equipping you with everything you need to expand your portfolio overseas safely and profitably.
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As they've said, this book is mostly about travel, the premise being that in order to understand what you are to invest in, you must be "on the ground" to do your research. The book is divided by geographical region and each section contains an anecdotal description of the author's previous travels to the region, followed by recommendations on where to stay, what to buy and what to see. The author then presents his investment recommendations.
There are several difficulties with the book's content. The first is the primary emphasis on travelogue and travel guide and minimal discussion of investment opportunities. The second and most significant is that the two functions are completely disconnected from one another.
The China and Russia sections for example, include descriptions of the lack of transparency and corruption found in those countries' business practices, and makes the (only) recommendation to invest in the Templeton Dragon Fund and Templeton Russia Fund because the fund manager knows the areas well, and it is difficult to invest there without such knowledge. OK, this may be a sound recommendation, but then what are we doing on our trip to Beijing other than buying counterfeit merchandise (which there is a lengthy discussion of in the book)? On the ground research examples are presented in the form of anecdotes about his tours of various factories or offices, but advice on doing any kind of research for yourself while travelling is not presented anywhere.
The travel sections presumably are there for the investor seasoned enough to seek unique investment opportunities (which are never discussed), while the recommended investments would not benefit much from the kind of travel advised in the majority of the book. The India section, for example, concludes with the recommendation to buy Tata and Infosys. This is the kind of advice offered on any number of investing websites for free. Moreover, these websites could give you some fundamentals on the stocks and financials on the companies, not found in this book.
I consider myself a novice investor, but what I was hoping to get of this book was information I could use to explore opportunities available on international exchanges now that we have Interactive Brokers, as well as Scottrade and E-Trade offering Global accounts to average investors. Since the book emphasizes travel strongly, I had assumed that opportunities on international exchanges would predominate (otherwise what for the travel), but the only mention is in the section on East Africa where the websites of the exchanges of Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania are merely listed and are presented as the entirety of the investment advice for the region. A simple Google search could have provided this information.
Basically, the investment advice is typical, minimal, and presented more thoroughly elsewhere, including free online sources. The majority of the book is about travel having no relation that the author details to investment research in those areas. And the majority of the travel advice is about shopping.
As a travel guidebook, the book also offers information that is typical and presented more thoroughly elsewhere. The "what to see" section of China is a chapter on the author's visit to the Great Wall. In Cambodia it is Angkor Wat. In Vietnam we have the "my visit to Ha Long Bay" chapter, making the book mostly travelogue.
This aspect is definitely the most interesting, but even here problematic. Others have described the author's tone as funny or comic, but I found it mostly boorish. He has an "issue with China" because they don't speak English there. Managua is "a pit" that you should avoid. Stay in Delhi no more than a few days it's so awful, but this is a good place to take a flight to Mt. Everest. And always stay at the 5 star Taj Majal in Mumbai because you'll need the reprieve from the city.
He's probably right about these things, but the boorishness comes out in his lengthy descriptions of the pollution, traffic, and poverty of the places he visits contrasted with the descriptions of his shopping excursions (China pays for itself in the money you save on fake goods!) and his luxury accommodations. Why there is a section on the physical characteristics of Indian people (they're not all short and dark like you think!)and a description of having servants, nannies, and attending private schools growing up I can't figure out, except to add to the overall effect of being completely disconnected from the people of the places he visits.
In summary, I see very little of value in this book. In fact, this is my first review on Amazon and I chose to write such a lengthy one because of how strongly I wish to not recommend it.
The title is misleading.
Not worth the money.