Europe is one of the world’s biggest markets and rife with investment opportunities. But the well-publicized problems of the Euro, the recent banking debacle in Cyprus and countries saddled with massive debt have plunged the continent into economic and political turmoil, making potential investors understandably wary. Indeed, unemployment is up, markets are down, and an index of executive and consumer confidence hit a five-month low last month, according to the European Commission. So what key macro trends should advisors be tracking when evaluating Euro-centric investments?

A key to the direction of the continent’s future will be the economic progress of Spain, Italy, Portugal and Greece, Brusca says. “The big question is will they be able to grow their economies or will they contract.”

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