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Saudi Arabia has taken a big step towards being classified as an emerging market after the MSCI added the Gulf state to its watchlist for potential upgrade on Tuesday, with the Saudi royal family making an unprecedented succession change a day later.
Emerging market debt was the best-selling asset class with European investors for the fourth consecutive month in April, according to Morningstar fund flows.
Mark Mobius, AKA Mr Emerging Markets, announced earlier this year that he will be stepping back from the day-to-day management of several high-profile funds at Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Group but says he plans to keep working to the end.
When it’s up to fund buyers and asset managers, there are only two, or perhaps three, candidates for best performing asset class over the next 12 months.
More than half of emerging market equity funds available for sale in Hong Kong and Singapore underperform the MSCI Emerging Markets Index, FE data shows.
There seems to be an investor consensus that emerging market stocks will continue to outperform both in the short and medium term.
Domestic reforms and global growth are opening India back up as an investor hotspot and Neptune India Fund manager Kunal Desai believes this is India’s new dawn and the recovery of its corporate earnings is just the beginning.
US president Trump’s trade and immigration policies are targeted at only three countries in the emerging market space which leaves more than enough investment opportunities for his portfolios, says Bryan Carter, head of emerging markets fixed income at BNP Paribas Investment Partners.
Emerging market equities and bonds have outperformed their developed rivals by a large margin year-to-date, resulting in a surge in inflows. An acceleration in global growth and the absence of immediate macro concerns seem to underpin the current rally, but there are some obvious elephants in the room.
The first quarter of 2017 extended the hectic end to last year with plenty of macro and market events to keep fund managers on their toes. Here, based on data from FE Analytics, are the top 10 performing UK retail funds by three-month performance.
The prospect of steadily rising global growth and ongoing monetary policy support has set the stage for emerging markets to do well in 2017, says Julie Salsbery, senior client portfolio manager, multi sector fixed income at Invesco.
Index provider MSCI has outlined new proposals designed to overcome issues preventing it from adding the shares of mainland Chinese companies to several key equity indexes, which should effectively allow a limited number of stocks to be included.
Emerging markets are back. EM equities and debt were among the most popular asset classes with European investors in February, according to fresh Morningstar data. Developed market equity flows, however, took a surprising turn.
With improved conditions in emerging markets set to continue, economic growth in the sector is poised to accelerate, says Gonzalo Pangaro, lead fund manager of T Rowe Price’s Emerging Markets Equity Fund.
Mark Mobius is to stand down from fund management duties on a range of 12 Luxembourg Sicavs but will remain as executive chairman of Templeton Emerging Markets Group.
WisdomTree has launched accumulating and distributing share classes of its India Quality Ucits ETF (EPIQ), which offers smart beta exposure to Indian stocks with a focus on above average returns on assets (ROA) and return on equity (ROE).
Jupiter has launched a global emerging market corporate bond fund for its new hire Alejandro Arevalo, who joined the asset manager in December from Pioneer Investments.
A Trumped-up US economy, taper tantrum and a dollar bull market do not have to be insurmountable headwinds for emerging market equities, according to Goldman Sachs Asset Management’s Luke Barrs.
Bond holders look set to benefit from the tax amnesties offered by some emerging market countries that have realised that substantial wealth resides outside their borders which has never been declared for tax purposes, says Jan Dehn, head of research at Ashmore.
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