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Reaching for Risk? Try Emerging Markets ETF (EEM)

ECB President Mario Draghi fired his "big bazooka" on Thursday, or at least that is how the market interpreted his press conference comments.

The ECB would engage in potentially unlimited "outright monetary transactions," meaning that the ECB would buy as many short-term bonds as it takes to keep yields manageable. To drive home his point that he means business, Draghi added with rhetorical flourish that "the euro is irreversible."

We shall see. We've been made promises before only to be disappointed later by failure to execute. "Irreversible" may or may not include an eventual Greek exit. And far more critically, Spain and the bailout institutions remain in a sort of standoff; Spain will not be given a bailout (including the ECB bond buying) until it submits to strict conditions, but Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will not request a bailout until he knows in advance what the conditions will be. Presumably, negotiations have been going on behind closed doors between Spain and the bailout institutions.

In any event, the markets are taking the meeting as an unambiguous positive. My recommendation last week--the iShares MSCI Spain ETF (EWP)--has enjoyed a phenomenal bounce, as have most risky assets.

Barring an unexpected twist from the German Constitutional Court on September 12, I think we could be looking at a monster rally to finish the year in most risky assets.

I recommend investors add a little risk to their portfolios on any pullbacks. And I'd start with an allocation to emerging markets. The iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM) should benefit handsomely from a revival in investors' animal spirits.

Be on the lookout for unexpected ripples coming out of Europe. But don't let fear keep you from participating in what could be the best rally of the past several years.

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Charles Lewis Sizemore, CFA, founder and editor of Macro Trend Investor (formerly The Sizemore Investment Letter), is dedicated to finding superior investments backed by powerful macro trends—before you hear about them on the nightly news or read about them in the newspaper or on the Internet. He has been a frequent guest on Bloomberg TV and Fox Business News, has been quoted in Barron’s Magazine, The Wall Street Journal,and The Washington Post and is a frequent contributor to Forbes Moneybuilder, GuruFocus, MarketWatch and InvestorPlace.com.

Charles is the co-author of Boom or Bust: Understanding and Profiting from a Changing Consumer Economy (iUniverse, 2008); and worked alongside best-selling financial author and economic strategist Harry S. Dent, Jr. in creating original research on the effects of changing global demographics on asset returns and economic growth. He also serves as the Chief Investment Officer of Sizemore Capital Management LLC,  a registered investment advisor.

His academic and real-life experience has given him a unique approach to investing: combining his insights into global macro trends with in-depth investor research. And he has developed a reputation for taking complex issues, recognizing long-term investment strategies, and then finding the hidden investing opportunities that he shares with investors.

Charles holds a master’s degree in Finance and Accounting from the London School of Economics in the United Kingdom and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance with an International Emphasis from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and as a Phi Beta Kappa scholar.

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