Investing in the World Cup Winners

WORLD CUP 2018 INVESTMENT SERIES: Morningstar's editorial team pick their top contenders for portfolio returns from each Group

Emma Wall 22 June, 2018 | 7:19AM
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There are 32 national teams participating in the Russian World Cup 2018, divided into eight groups. The tournament kicked off last Thursday, June 14 – the inaugural game was between Russia and Saudi Arabia, ending in a five-nil victory for the hosts. Morocco was the first team to be kicked out of the contest on Wednesday June 20, with a record-breaking goal from Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo.

While the football pundits have their favourites, we’ve examined the offerings with a different aim – which of the four stock markets in each group offers the best chance for investment returns? The goal? To win a place in your portfolio.

Over the next couple of weeks, we will reveal our favourites – sometimes aligning our views with the bookies, sometimes deviating considerably when it comes to comparing sporting prowess and investment prospects.

Group A

Russia/Saudi Arabia/Egypt/Uruguay

Investing Goals: Russia

The bookies’ favourite is Uruguay, but we prefer undervalued Russian equities

Group B


Investing Goals: Spain

We agree with the pundits here and have both plumped for Spain

Group C


Investing Goals: France

The best prospect for both the tournament and your portfolio in this Group is France

Group D


Investing Goals: Nigeria

While the bookmakers favour Argentina, we explore the investment outlook for Nigeria

Group E

Brazil/Switzerland/Costa Rica/Serbia

Investing Goals: Brazil

Five-time winners Brazil get our vote – and are ranked second in the tournament

Group F

Germany/Mexico/Sweden/South Korea

Investing Goals: Germany

Germany is favourite to win the World Cup according to FIFA, and our investment pick too

Group G


Investing Goals: England

Belgium is the bookies’ favourite, while we prefer the FTSE 100 – and explore domestic stocks

Group H


Investing Goals: Japan

This group has divided the critics – with some saying Colombia will move forward, others plumping for Poland. We prefer Japanese equities

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Emma Wall  is former Senior International Editor for Morningstar

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