With Iran backed into a corner, increased tension between the regime and the White House has resurrected talk of a closing of the Strait of Hormuz, the critical waterway by which the bulk of Middle Eastern oil must travel. Jeff Weniger discusses three key positions that may benefit from the current situation.
Whether you are looking for opportunities in the marketplace where momentum is running (China tech, emerging markets, India, and the European domestic economy) or looking for opportunities where markets have lagged other parts of the world (the Middle East, the United Kingdom, Japanese financials, and U.S. small caps), this look at top and bottom performers might give you a year-end shopping list from which to choose.
Saudi Arabia may finally be turning the corner culturally, politically and economically. Recent developments, such as allowing female driving, are at least a baby step in the right direction. The WisdomTree Middle East Dividend Fund (GULF), which we launched in 2008. Here is the case for it.
At WisdomTree, we tend to do things differently, and in doing so we offer unique exposures to factors, markets or asset classes that we believe may be underrepresented. For some, it may come as a surprise that we have been offering exposure to Middle Eastern dividend-paying stocks for more than nine years, but for us it is just another one of our options coming up on a 10-year live track record.