World market capitalizations are changing as growth opportunities proliferate. Today, the economic growth of Asia, Latin America and Africa and their importance within the international trading system is an acknowledged fact by practitioners in the global capital markets. International stock exchanges, and the standards they require their listed companies to follow, now rival those of trading venues in traditional financial capitals such as New York and London1. This has resulted in a true globalization of capital formation and stock issuance that requires a new playbook for investment managers and investors from every corner of the world. MarketGrader Global Research was created to address this challenge and uncover opportunities across the expanding international opportunity set.
There are two main reasons to invest in internationally. One is diversification, the spreading of risk among a variety of investments that do not gain and lose value at the same time. Because international markets do not always move in sync-some may zig while the others zag-diversification on a global scale can help offset the effect of a downturn in an investor's home market. The other, perhaps more enticing reason for long-term investors is participating in the potential for growth in foreign economies.
Assessing, differentiating and capturing the growing international opportunity set is not easy. It requires lots of information and a methodology to interpret all this information in a way that is easy to understand and actionable before an investment decision can be made. But it can be done.
MarketGrader's Global Research platform was built to meet the growing demand for thorough, actionable, fundamental research on the ever-increasing global opportunity set. With advances in financial reporting and data retrieval, a marriage of technology with analytic rigor now makes it possible to apply the same methodology when analyzing a stock regardless of whether a company resides in Rio, London, Warsaw, Istanbul, Santiago or Shenzhen. This, in turn, provides a basis of comparison when examining a company's financial statements and applying quantitative measures to determine the financial health of a company, how it compares to similar industries and sectors geographically and the likelihood that each investment opportunity successfully captures Growth at a Reasonable Price (GARP), the cornerstone of MarketGrader's methodology. With our capacity to offer individual and institutional investors 'situational awareness' with the click of a mouse, and the means to compare companies against one another, thoroughly and efficiently, regardless of domicile, sector or industry, MarketGrader Global Research has elevated the international investment process to a new paradigm.