Emerging versus developed markets

The global economy (ACWI) is showing signs of a strong recovery in 2017. Emerging nations (EEM) and developed nations (EFA) are both contributing to these results. Emerging markets have outperformed developed markets so far this year.

Are Emerging Markets Outperforming Developed Markets?

The iShares MSCI Emerging Markets (EEM), which tracks the performance of emerging markets, rose nearly 28.0% on a year-to-date basis as of September 21, 2017. Major developed market ETFs such as the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY), which tracks the performance of the S&P 500 index, rose nearly 10.6% during the same period.

The Vanguard FTSE Europe ETF (VGK), which tracks the performance of Europe, rose nearly 20.0% on a year-to-date basis as of September 21, 2017. The iShares MSCI EAFE (EFA), which tracks the performance of mid-cap developed market equities, except the United States (SPY) (QQQ) and Canada (EWC), rose nearly 17.6% during the same period. It indicates that emerging markets are outperforming developed markets.

The rise in the performance of emerging markets is indicating that major emerging economies are showing signs of a strong recovery. Investors also seem to be optimistic about emerging economies.

Series overview

Going forward in this series, we’ll analyze how hedge fund managers are placing their bets on emerging economies. We’ll also look at the economic growth of various emerging economies and reforms in specific countries that are driving the overall performance.

In the next part of this series, we’ll analyze what economic growth is indicating for emerging economies (VWO).

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