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VanEck Russia: A Great Time To Invest

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  • The Ruble is gaining on the dollar.
  • Economic developments suggest Russia is cheap.
  • Russia has a strong foundation.
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At this point, there would appear to be little doubt that the purchasing power of the dollar is slipping. And how long this period of inflation will last is anyone’s guess. Some time ago, I wrote an article about

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Comments (7)

The Russian market is cheap for good reasons. Most importantly governance, fascist dictator Putin will not hesitate to start another war against his neighbours, especially Ukraine. It's not a matter of IF, but a matter of WHEN. Nationalism and use of force are king, the economy and stock market are not.
Thank you for the article. Most people do not know Russia and its population, but they all want the best for the Russian economy although keeping the motherland together is the highest priority for Putin. I worked and lived their for 4 years.
Invest while you can. The Empire could ban it at any time.
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Good article, and not many authors write about one of the cheapest markets in the world. Thanks!

"Russia, Russia, Russia" is all we heard over the past 5 years. I had a sinking feeling if Brandon was elected, that the fortunes of Russia would change for the better.

Over the years, I'm finding it increasingly profitable to embrace the wisdom from the George Costanza school of investing which is "do the opposite." I opened a position in FLRU after the election, and I have not been disappointed.

Total returns since 11/9/20...

Symbol----------------------------------------Total return





Franklin FTSE Russia ETF = FLRU

SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust = SPY

"Just remember, it’s not a lie if you believe it." George Costanza

Disclosure: I am long FLRU
@LakeOZ boater Russia is uninvestable due to the Kleptocracy running it and their imperial asperations. Now is not the time to invest in Russia there is way to much Geo political risk. www.etftrends.com/... Besides they really have very little other than oil and Gas and Canadas oil and gas sector has been drive so low that they trade at very low multiples of cash flow and have non of the geopolitical risk.
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@Domovyk Thanks. I like small positions in countries with some of the lowest CAPE 10s, and that's what attracted mby modest position in FLRU.

Disclosure: I am market overweight in Canada and share your rationale.

Good luck to both of us!!
Good article. Rising prices not hurting Russias commodities driven GDP. Oil/gas (still 15% of Russia's GDP and 50-60% of its exports) not getting any cheaper
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