Bernard R. Horn Jr. is president and portfolio manager of Polaris Capital Management, LLC, a Boston-based global and international value equity firm that manages approximately $3 billion in four U.S-domiciled mutual funds, non-U.S. pooled funds, pension plans, endowment funds and institutional and individual accounts (


Stephen from CA posted over 6 years ago:

Great material! How can SI Pro expand to address emerging markets?

Paul from OK posted over 6 years ago:

Correlation isn't an underlying physical constant to be observed, measured and relied upon. It's a characteristic reflecting underlying market attributes. To the extent that investors view factors such as Europe's common currency problems, U.S. structural deficits and China's efforts to curb inflation as differentiating characteristics then correlation among markets will be lower. Free trade, converging regulatory and tax regimens and coordinated currency actions are examples of what may lead investors to view markets as constituting a unity, thereby driving correlations higher. Early on the author acknowledges the growth of investable markets from 23 to nearly 100, which itself is a symptom of growing uniformity of economic conditions throughout the world. Future correlations or lack thereof among markets will be a reflection of how investors view the world in terms of converging or diverging economic, tax, regulatory, legal and monetary conditions. It would be interesting to see exactly why correlations rise to such extremes during crisis conditions as described in this article and whether there are investment strategies that could be devised to anticipate and exploit those causative factors.

Thomas from CA posted over 6 years ago:

More than just the number of investable countries has happened since 1983. What role does significantly increased globalization play in the apparent increase in correlations between developed and developing markets?

Jaswant Patel from IN posted over 2 years ago:

Co-relation of the various markets performance is understandable. However, the currency fluctuation can play a big role in terms of dollar return.The dollar index is strong. I wonder how will that translate in to real return from MSCI EAFE returns.

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