Emerging markets

Monks Investment Trust: Insuring Asia

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The extraordinary expansion of Asia’s middle class is turbocharging demand for products that provide a sense of security. Charles Plowden, manager of Monks Investment Trust, tells Colin Donald why the region’s life insurance giants are well-placed to reap the rewards.

Taiwan bucks east Asia's regional trend

Taiwan’s economy is bucking the regional slowdown, growing the fastest pace since early 2018 and in stark contrast to weakness elsewhere in east Asia.

Chart of the week: Kuwait's stockmarket is ready for take-off

Kuwait’s stockmarket is due to be promoted from “frontier” status to an emerging market by index provider MSCI next June. That should entice almost $10bn of global investors’ cash into the country.

Investors maintain confidence in Hong Kong

The protests in Hong Kong caused the territory to plunge into recession in the third quarter, and has also begun to weigh on local markets. But investors remain upbeat.

Why Saudi Arabia’s big oil flop is good news for investors in fossil fuels

The trouble Saudi Aramco is having getting interest for its IPO is a sign of deep negative sentiment towards the sector. And that’s a good sign for contrarian investors, says John Stepek. Here’s why.

Go global with the Genesis Emerging Markets Trust

The Genesis Emerging Markets Trust believes in thorough fieldwork when seeking out promising investments.

Brazil passes pensions reform

Brazil has finally completed a long-awaited overhaul of its pension system.

Saudi Aramco heads to market in history's biggest IPO

Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil colossus, is set to float on its home market. Are the shares appealing?

Why investors shouldn’t overlook Europe

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Ollie Beckett, manager of the TR European Growth Trust, tackles investor questions around Europe’s economic outlook and the consequences of further quantitative easing on the continent’s equity market.

Emerging markets: buy when the news is bad

Emerging markets are being squeezed by local turmoil and by more general factors. But bad news can spell opportunity for investors.

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