Emerging markets

Venezuela’s crisis comes to a head

The United States considers the nuclear option of slapping a ban on the importation of Venezuelan oil.

The "Duterte discount" in the Philippines

Once widely dubbed “the sick man of Asia”, the Philippines has turned into another Asian tiger, with World Bank thinking the economy will grow by more than 6% a year in the eight years to 2019.

Brazil gets the benefit of the doubt

Investors appear to have become immune to Brazil’s dysfunctional politics.

South Korea is astoundingly dynamic – but should you invest there?

South Korea’s post-war success, driven by the dynamism of its people, is an astounding economic feat. But has it translated into stockmarket returns, and should you invest? Dominic Frisby investigates.

What next for Hong Kong?

Hong Kong’s niche as a secure gateway to China is under threat as China opens its markets to foreign money.

Five high-quality EM funds

Emerging markets offer plenty of potential, but the standard of listed companies is often poor. Cris Sholto Heaton picks five funds that focus on better-quality businesses.

Is China turning Japanese?

The key question for China now is whether it can avoid repeating the fate of Japan in 1989 and its “lost decades”.

Chart of the week: MSCI takes baby steps into China

After several years of deliberation, index provider MSCI has considering added domestic Chinese A-shares to one of its major benchmarks, the Emerging Markets index.

Chinese A-shares, emerging markets, and the myth of passive investing

MSCI’s decision to include Chinese “A-shares” in its emerging market index shines a fascinating light on the passive vs active investing debate, days Merryn Somerset Webb.

The crisis in Qatar tearing the Gulf apart

Several countries in the Middle East and Africa have cut all ties with the small Gulf state of Qatar. Finding a solution to the dispute will not be easy. Alex Rankine reports.

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