How to get the most out of emerging markets

Edward Kerschner, Chief Portfolio Strategist

Capitalizing on the growth opportunity in emerging markets takes more than just an investment in the conventional benchmark index.

Emerging markets are an opportunity for growth-oriented investors — they are almost 40% of global GDP, and demographic trends suggest this will continue to grow. However, simply buying into the emerging market benchmark index provides little exposure to the largest growth opportunity. The big story in emerging markets today is the consumer sector. The rising affluence of more than three billion largely emerging market consumers is causing this sector to grow more rapidly than emerging markets as a whole. Emerging market benchmarks only have modest exposure to the consumer sector, accounting for about 15% of assets. In this video Ed Kerschner discusses how investors who are attracted to emerging markets can get the most out of their investment.


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“Emerging markets are about 40 percent of the global economy. That’s doubled in the past 25 years. Now, the emerging markets are the largest economy in the world.” Source: IMF –World Economic Outlook, October 2016.

“Productivity -- emerging markets is forecasted to grow…more like one or two.” Source: Compiled by Columbia Management Investment Advisers, LLC using data obtained from ILO and World Bank, as of September 26, 2016.

“Growth of five, six, seven percent in the economies in the emerging markets…stuck at around one or two percent.” Source: IMF, October 2016.

“Forecast to be the most rapidly growing economy in the world.” Source: IMF, October 2016.

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