“Thirty years ago, emerging markets made up just 1% of world equity market capitalization and 18% of GDP. Today, they comprise 13% of the free float investable universe of world equities and 33% of world GDP.”
Dimson, Marsh and Staunton, 2014.
It is easy to be convinced that the world’s future lies in the East and other emerging economies and that investing in fast growing emerging economies is where future strong returns will come from. It is easy to forget that real risks exist, such as asset expropriation, capital controls and the lack of a developed rule of law, among many others. Reality may surprise some. This note takes a balanced view of the returns and associated risks of investing in emerging market equities.
Download the full report here: Emerging Market Equities Feb 2014