Emerging markets rebound

Emerging markets staged a welcome recovery in June. That recovery was widespread, with the iShares MSCI Turkey ETF (Nasdaq symbol TUR) gaining 13.8%, the iShares MSCI Brazil ETF (EWZ) up 11.4% while the iShares MSCI Russia ETF (ERUS) added 9.1%. South Korean equities, as well as Chinese equities, also gained substantially. The… Read More

Malaysian stocks primed for future growth

Malaysia has an steady track record of economic growth and ranks as one of the most competitive nations among the emerging markets. Its stock market performance remains weak. However, greater political certainty following the the country’s 2018 election should help drive stock market growth. The… Read More

Emerging-market consumers gain clout

There are four times as many consumers in middle-income countries than in high-income countries. Yet, their spending on consumer goods is half that of consumers in the developed world. Still, this is changing as more consumers in large-population countries, such as India and China, see… Read More

ETF performances for May

It rarely happens that fixed-income ETFs rank among the top-performing funds in any month, but May was such an exception. Bond yields are declining in many countries. That’s particularly so in the U.S. where investors are increasingly concerned about slowing economic growth. As bond yields… Read More

Africa’s big potential comes with risks

The world’s second largest continent, Africa, has equally big potential. Where several of its national economies remain focused on growth, other African countries continue to grapple with weak corporate governance structures, poverty and military conflicts. Those factors have helped to hold back economic development. However,… Read More