Stockpicker Looks Overseas For Stocks With Solid Growth Prospects

Rod Smyth, chief investment strategist for Wachovia Securities, told CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” that some overseas stocks offer greater growth prospects than their U.S. counterparts.

“I think the most important thing that investors have to get their mind around is simply this: Is there going to be a recession in the next couple of years?” Smyth said Thursday. “We know the economy is slowing down. History tells us mid-cycle slowdowns are very good for stocks and that recessions are bad for stocks. If you can get your mind around the fact that we’re in a mid-cycle slowdown then you want to put money to work.”

He said investors shouldn’t be put off by the low multiples offered by many overseas stocks.

“I like that,” Smyth said. “I like to buy things when they’re cheap. You’re also buying some nice earnings stream.”

He bought an Exchange Traded Fund with holdings concentrated in the United Kingdom, Australia and Japan.

“We bought a basket (of stocks) through an ETF,” he said. “Those (countries) just happened to be the three biggest markets. It’s not so much that I’ve identified those as that we have decided that we like the asset class of mid- and small-caps outside the U.S.”