NEW YORK (TheGoldAndOilGuy.com) -- Research proves that undervalued equity markets achieve higher future returns over longer-term investment horizons.
Studies show that investing in markets that have just been through a bear market and their valuations are low is one of the best ways to grow your investment capital.
In 2012 Ireland was one of the countries with lowest PE ratio and a couple years later and 100% rise in the iShares MSCI Ireland Capped ETF (EIRL). It is now the second most overvalued country.
Every year there are several markets that are bottoming and starting a new bull market. The key is finding them and being prepared to lock up some of your investment capital in these longer term investments.
I believe the best way to be successful as an investor is to actively manage your portfolio. When I say actively manage it, I mean, you should be rotating your money out of underperforming stocks, sectors, commodities and index positions and moving that money to fresh investments which more room to rise.
In a week or so I will be doing a detailed report on how many positions a portfolio of various sizes should be holding. You will be surprised with what this report is going to tell you.
In short, the less the trades you make and the fewer positions you hold in your portfolio can make a dramatic impact on your portfolio volatility, time commitment, stress levels and performance.
Diversification between a small selection of investments and strategies is vital. This is not rocket science, anyone can do it and I will show you how.
Anyway, let's get back to undervalued markets...
You have to invest in markets and sectors that have just gone through a bear market. By doing so you can look forward to years of upside growth.
Cheapest Markets, and Most Expensive Markets
This table shows the valuations of world markets with the most recent data available.
Looking from an evaluation standpoint and long-term investing Russia, China and Greece are the most undervalued. If we take an average PE ratio of the majority of countries of 20, then we can calculate a rough percent return each country should provide in the coming years.
Keep in mind, these markets can still be volatile and if you are a short-term trader it's best not to trade based off fundamentals and valuation. Hedge fund robots and my automated investing system do not and most U.S. stock market participants do not either.
Charts of Undervalued Country ETFs
These charts just show a simple snapshot and the first upside target before they run into some long-term resistance.
Long-Term County Specific Investing Conclusion:
It is critical to have a diversified portfolio with completely unrelated investments (different countries) and also to use different investment strategies and time frames to balance portfolio volatility.
I believe you should have long-term holdings and short-term holding using both long and short positions. Short positions allow you to profit from a falling market, and some of the biggest and fastest money can be made with this strategy and is a vital strategy within my automated investing system.
This article represents the opinion of a contributor and not necessarily that of TheStreet or its editorial staff.