Emerging Market Equities
Developed market worries may be EM entry point: Ashmore
There is a clear opportunity to buy emerging market assets whenever risk averse events are triggered in the developed markets, and current worries over US trade policy and rate hikes could signal the latest entry point, says Ashmore’s Jan Dehn.
Fund groups lacking dedicated A-share analysts
The inclusion of 226 China A-shares was a hugely symbolic moment for investors in the region but the fund industry has failed to get ahead of the curve with most firms lacking dedicated teams of analysts or products to invest in the asset class.
Selectors missed US equities opportunity amid volatility
European fund selectors have been overwhelmingly bullish on absolute return strategy funds as a response to market volatility – but they could have made more returns if they took the risky option of US equities.
Selectors prefer growth GEM funds but value performs better
European fund selectors expressed a preference towards growth emerging market funds over value during the last six months. However, Europe’s top performing funds allocated a greater weighting towards value stocks during the period.
Spectre of left looms over Latam funds
Latin American equity funds have posted solid returns over the last three years on the back of re-bounding commodity prices and Brazil’s return to growth. But elections in three of the region’s largest economies this year could have a significant impact on their prospects.
How to navigate rise of passives in EM equities
As cumulative flows into emerging market passive funds surpass active alternatives investors should seek opportunities further down the market-cap scale, Aviva Investors head of emerging markets and Asia Pacific Will Ballard argues.
SRI is not the same as ESG
While environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors have become an inherent part of risk management, socially responsible investment (SRI) products are, by comparison, designed to meet the demand of specific investors, according to Aberdeen Standard’s William Scholes.