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Eric Balkan
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March 11, 2009 1:01 pm

Forbes International Investment Report
During the period I subscribed, Sept 2006 – Feb 2008, FIIR’s picks did very well. This was when many Americans were discovering international markets and many of these stocks were in nice uptrends. I quit the service, when in Feb 2008, he was still recommending banks. Editor John Christy simply missed the current financial/economic collapse completely.

Christy’s philosophy is/was that individual stock selection is more important than sector or country selection. That if you pick a good company, you’ll make money, regardless of the larger picture. (Hopefully, he’s changed his mind about this since.) Christy looks for fundamentally sound companies with only secondary regard for the stock price, or the currency exchange rate — though I did see him move a few picks from buy to hold after they had rapidly advanced.

A drawback with the service is that he had a lot — dozens — of stocks in the model portfolios, but there was very little followup on them. A handful would get a couple of sentences every month, but that was it. (When a company was picked initially, the writeup was a page or two.)

The upshot is: this could be a good service to check into once the world economy has bottomed out, but probably not before then.

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