Emerging markets

Time to return to emerging markets

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Emerging markets have been reinvigorated this year, with the benchmark MSCI Emerging Markets at a six-and-a-half-month peak and developing-world currencies up against a weaker dollar. And the rally looks set to endure.

Uzbekistan opens up to investors

Few had expected Uzbekistan's president, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, to change much when he took over in 2016. But he has embarked on major reforms, making it a frontier market to watch.

A faint hope for Zimbabwe

Decades of Robert Mugabe’s ruinous policies have driven his country to economic disaster. But will his successor and former ally be any improvement? Simon Wilson reports.

A new dawn for emerging equities

Emerging-market equities spent much of this decade treading water, but since early 2016 they have been making up for lost time.

Chart of the week: South Africa is going backwards

Between 1994 and 2009, South Africa shrugged off the legacy of apartheid and became steadily richer. But during president Jacob Zuma’s eight-year tenure, the country has gone backwards.

How Venezuela is keeping Latin America on track for growth

Caracas is providing a bad example of how to run a country. Even the region’s populists are paying heed. Latin America remains open for business, says James McKeigue.

The best bets in Asia – and a stalled growth machine to avoid

There have been six major bull markets in emerging markets and Asia, with an average gain of 230%. This time we are just 60% up from the lows.

India on a promising new footing

In the past decade, the Indian economy has expanded by 6%-7% a year. But there is still clearly vast scope for it to up its game.

Brazilian stocks hit a speed bump

Brazilian stocks have doubled in two years, but that momentum is now slowing.

The next big technology start-up: Saudi Arabia

The desert kingdom is in the throes of radical upheaval – its leader wants to follow Facebook’s example, and “move fast and break things”. Investors should be wary, says John Stepek.

What the purge in Saudi Arabia means for the price of oil

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the most powerful man in Saudi Arabia, is cracking down on the kingdom’s top officials and businessmen. John Stepek looks at what that means for investors.

Be brave and venture into emerging Europe

Parts of Eastern Europe may be cheap for a reason, says David C Stevenson. But that doesn’t necessarily make them bad investments.

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