(BPT) - Although everyone loves a bargain, they are often very hard to find. Usually, the best time to find a bargain is when a product is out of favor with buyers. In retailing, when an item is the wrong color, style or size, it is thrown into the bargain bin. Its price is then successively marked down until the product is finally cleared out. Astute buyers willing to take a chance on an unwanted item may discover that they snagged a great deal when it returns to favor the next season.
As evidenced by the roller coaster ride of the investment markets over the past decade, investments also go “on sale’’ when buyers don’t like their “style” at a given time. In early 2009, many investments were out of style due to concerns about the banking system and the economy. Over the past five years, however, these worries have faded and most investment prices have risen sharply. The news media is now featuring stories about rising housing prices and stocks hitting new highs. As a result, investors may wonder, “Are there any investment bargains left?”
The investment strategists at Thrivent Financial believe that despite the rise in the financial markets, there are three investment areas that are currently in the” bargain bin.” Although these investments have been recently “marked down,” it appears that the selling in these sectors may be overdone. Thrivent suggests that if investors are willing to consider these currently underappreciated areas, they may be able to profit when these investments come back into “style.”
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