As Senior Research Director, global correspondent and Editor of ISG's Macro Trader, Sara has traveled all over the world in search of the best investment opportunities to recommend to her readers, be they in developed economies like France and Italy, in emerging markets like the Czech Republic and Poland, or in frontier terrain like Vietnam and Morocco. Her unique "holistic" approach of boots-on-the-ground research has given her an edge in today's financial marketplace as she searches for the next investment opportunities in hot sectors like alternative energy, currency markets, global infrastructure and commodities.
During her travels, Sara investigates global markets for investment opportunities and potential profits. Her determination and in-depth research allows her to get the information global investors need to make informed decisions. She publishes her findings in investment research reports, investment videos, and in her service ISG's Macro Trader.
The interaction between developed countries and emerging markets is very dynamic. And the profit potential is stunning. Knowing how a recession in the U.S. affects export-based countries like China gives investors a clear edge in the markets. Investors have to think globally, and on a macro scale. The big picture is about how everything is interconnected - how currencies affect commodities, how inflation affects exports, or how political unrest can change the face of the whole world.
The interaction between developed countries and emerging markets is very dynamic. Many developing countries are export-based, and rely on global powerhouses to buy their goods. At the same time, developed countries use emerging markets for cheaper labor, and lower-cost manufacturing. That means Sara makes her recommendations based on the economic, financial and geopolitical stability of each market. And that takes no-nonsense research and an eye for seeking out unique investment arenas.
These are the connections Sara follows for her Macro Trader subscribers. These are the connections that have allowed her to pull in 33% gains in 24 days playing the euro, with more to come.
Sara Nunnally's diverse background includes studies in history, computer science, literature and financial research. She has appeared on news media such as Forbes on Fox, Fox News Live, Bloomberg and CNBC's Squawk Box, as well as numerous radio shows around the country.
Get to Know Sara Nunnally
What is a hot sector for 2012? The world is changing at a rapid pace... emerging markets are growing while superpowers are crumbling. One of the best investment sectors to take advantage of these changes is global infrastructure... things like roads and bridges, nuclear power plants, electricity and water systems. These areas are going to be especially hot in emerging markets where cash-rich countries expand (and even create new) urban centers to accommodate rising populations. Another area where savvy traders can find white-hot opportunities is the currency sector. With the crisis in Europe, we could be seeing the death of a currency in real time... And our problems here in the states are setting up some interesting pockets of strength and weakness in the currency market. Smart traders will take advantage of these fluctuations... and profit!
What is one thing an investor should consider when picking a stock? Try not to take anything at face value. If the financial crisis taught us anything it’s that those who we put in charge of our money don't necessarily have our best interests at heart. The other thing the crisis taught us is that the value of the U.S. dollar means nothing to our government, and investors need to have some kind of hedge against a falling dollar, like gold, in their portfolio.
What do you like to do in your free time? I just bought a farm in Wisconsin, about an hour north of Milwaukee. I'll be starting a garden this spring -- my first -- with vegetables, herbs and flowers. You won't see me at the local farmers market, but I'll certainly be sharing with my friends in the area. My goal in three years is to be able to make blackberry jam.
What profession other than yours would you like to attempt? Since we started writing ISG's Macro Trader, I've kind of renewed my passion for teaching, breaking down difficult or complex topics and making information accessible... and for our readers... actionable. I think I would enjoy teaching as another profession.