I am looking for a balanced investment for a medium term (max 8 years).
At the beginning I looked at bonds in their different forms, but actually they offer almost the same interest rate as saving accounts (I live in Switzerland where rates are extremely low to contrast the Franc's strength).
Afterwards I decided to start looking into strategic funds, since they allow a good grade of diversification and offer various level of risks (I would opt for a Balanced profile: 45% Bonds and 45% Shares plus divises). But even in this case yields are slightly higher than a saving account (my current saving account gives 1.25%).
Therefore are stocks the best investment at the moment? Considering the market price of many "big" names it seems so. As an example, UBS Bank has a price of 11.3 CHF and some months ago was around 60 CHF.
My interest now would be to investigate Asian markets and more specifically companies in the IT field. In this case, would umbrella funds be the best type of investment? This would allow me to widen the base of the investment in the same sector, while still keeping risks reduced if compared with investing directly in shares.