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Chart of the week: Olympic curse hits Brazil

Like Mexico City in 1968, Seoul in 1988 and Beijing in 2008, Rio De Janeiro secured the Olympics after a long period of growth – which then stalled or slowed.

Rio 2016: why we should fear the money gods

You can’t blame the big sponsors from wanting to cash in on the Rio 2016 Olympics. But are they getting a little too big for their boots, asks Chris Carter.

Two stock-picking strategies compared

Sarah Moore looks at why the fortunes of two of Britain’s leading emerging-market equity funds have diverged in recent years.

Dirty Harry makes the Philippines’ day

The Philippines’ new leader, Rodrigo Duterte, rattled investors before his election in May by sounding like Dirty Harry. So far, however, his bark has proved worse than his bite.

The best way to play Latin America

Latin America has its problems. But that’s in the price and now’s the time to buy in, says David C Stevenson.

African banks hit trouble

A combination of falling commodity prices and slowing economies is turning profits into losses at Africa’s banks.

Emerging markets have further to go

Emerging markets have been the “surprise success story of the year”, but valuations still look attractive compared to developed-world markets.

Turkey: a no-fly zone for investors

Turkey’s equity market and the Turkish lira, which had fallen sharply in the wake of the country’s failed coup, have recovered some of their lost ground. But the gains may not last: there is still a great deal to worry about.

A warning from Turkey for emerging-market investors

The situation in Turkey is a perfect example of why investors in emerging markets need to be keenly aware of politics, says John Stepek.

Chart of the week: China snacks on peanuts

A surge in demand for peanuts in China is outstripping supply from the top exporter Argentina, sending the price of the legumes soaring.

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