Staying on top of global market trends without getting distracted by sensationalized negative press and overly dramatic entertainment “news” is a challenge. It’s important to be aware of significant happenings in the world that can have a direct impact on real estate. It’s also important to maintain a positive outlook on business and life to thrive.

Below are some resources for you to stay informed about the current global economy and real estate market without the unnecessary noise.

“The magazine I spend most of my days reading is The Economist.” – Bill Gates

Read The Economist online or in print. Established in 1843 by James Wilson, who was a hatmaker from a small Scottish town who “believed in free trade, internationalism and minimum interference by government, especially in the affairs of the market.” These principles still drive The Economist today, offering “authoritative insight and opinion on international news, politics, business, finance, science and technology.”

In November, they publish predictions from world leaders and luminaries for the year ahead. You can download an app or go to www.Economist. com/TheWorldIn.com for their most recent as well as archived prophecies, which now include videos.

Subscribe to International Living’s daily digital Postcards and/or their monthly publication which identifies hotspots for retirement, travel, investment and relocation. Correspondents from across the globe relay their personal experiences investing and living in foreign lands. In a recent issue, they featured “The Five Best Retirement Havens for Quality Healthcare Overseas.” Articles broach diverse topics from currency exchange, finance and offshore accounts to starting a business abroad. They also host regular investment seminars in desirable locations, including Las Vegas. Go to www.InternationalLiving. com for more information and a list of upcoming events.

The Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate (wwwAFIRE.org) is a resource for institutional investors in international real estate. For members, they provide educational and informational for ums, resources and opportunities including analytics, investor guides, and conferences. There is a public press room on their site where they publish an annual investment survey with informative charts and graphs as well as press releases.

To expand your online market ing plat form and connect to potential investors abroad, it’s good to know the connectivity of your target market. For up to date statistics on population, internet usage, growth and market penetration by country and region, go to www.InternetWorldStats.com. To stay informed on that particular marketplace or if there are specific trends you wish to follow, you can create a Google alert for any news covering that topic to be emailed directly to you. Simply scroll down to the bottom of the news page on Google and click on the box “create alert” and then submit your keywords.

The National Association of REALTORS also tracks and projects trends. You can follow the Economist’s Outlook Blog on REALTOR.org and find other informative reports on REALTOR.org/global. Certified International Property Specialist designees receive Global Perspectives in which emerging markets are regularly featured.

A recent publication shared research on countries in Asia (Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar), Africa (Kenya, Rwanda, Nigeria) and South America (Columbia, Chile, Peru) identified as up and coming economies.