Global Portfolio Investment: A Case for the Brazilian Equity Market

By J. Austin Houlding, Arup Sen and Joseph H. Jurkowski.

Published by The Global Studies Journal

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Global portfolio allocations are becoming ever important as new markets emerge and investors seek greater diversification and mitigation of risk. Much work has been done to explain the topic of global portfolio investment with regards to its advantages, disadvantages and potential diversification benefits. However, insufficient research has been done to aggregate the information and apply its findings to a specific market. The purpose of this study is to examine global portfolio investment as a means for not only risk mitigation and diversification but also for the increased percentage gains that can be achieved in the world. The paper encompasses the literature written on the subject and applies its findings to the Brazilian equity market. The results reveal that through Brazilian equities, investors are able to mitigate risk from their domestic market, expand their asset allocation and invest in a growing market that will reap great rewards in the future. This paper concludes with a brief discussion of the Brazilian equity market and its key industry components, and how these strategies can be implemented in Brazil’s equity market to take advantage of the growth and development its economy is encountering.

Keywords: Global Portfolio Allocations, Mitigate Investment Risk, Brazilian Investment Strategy

Global Studies Journal, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp.265-284. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.133MB).

J. Austin Houlding

Financial Advisor, Global Wealth Management, Merrill Lynch & Co., Buffalo, New York, USA

Mr. Austin Houlding is currently a Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch Global Wealth and Investment Management focusing on International debt securities. He obtained this position in 2009 after completing his undergraduate and graduate studies at D’Youville College in Buffalo, New York, USA where he graduated with a Master’s degree in International Business.

Arup Sen

Vice President for Academic Affairs, D’Youville College, Buffalo, New York, USA

Dr. Arup K. Sen is the Vice President of Academic Affairs at D’Youville College located in Buffalo, New York, USA. Prior to this position he held the Chair position in the Business Department at D’Youville College. He received his Ph.D in International Trade from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Master of Science in marketing from Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Sen’s research interests involve the internationalization of higher education and small and medium-sized enterprises, outsourcing and collaboration. Prior to joining D’Youville College in 2002, Dr. Sen served on the faculty in the School of Management at SUNY Buffalo for 18 years. His primary teaching interest is international business and marketing.

Dr. Joseph H. Jurkowski

Asst. Professor, D’Youville College, Buffalo, New York, USA

Joseph H. Jurkowski, Ph.D, MBA, CPA, CRA, is an Assistant Professor at D’Youville College in Buffalo, New York, USA with 15 years experience teaching and research in the Business Department concentrating in the areas of Finance, Investments, Accounting, Economics, and International Business. My research focus is on International Business, primar- ily International Investing. Currently I am teaching both undergrad in Financial and Managerial Accounting and Investments. At the graduate level I am teaching Corporate Finance in the MBA program as well as International Finance Reporting in the International Business program. An additional interest is in the health care field where I had spent almost 25 years as Director of the Research operation in a local cancer institute, namely Roswell Park Cancer Institute.


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