Updated Sunday, November 23, 2014 as of 10:54 AM ET

A Very Brief Tour Of Global Investment Prospects

This year, like last, presents investors with an array of risks. Europe seemingly creates new financial and economic concerns daily, while, in the United States, fiscal questions and election uncertainties trouble the outlook. Still more dangerous issues surround the military and diplomatic maneuvering in the Persian Gulf. And these are just a sample of the sources of investment concern. But even as all this prompts people to hide in cash and the usual safe havens, such as U.S. treasury bonds, these investment choices pay such poor yields that presumed safety comes at tremendous cost. Investors, then, must consider riskier investments.

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