May 2016 poll results
Do you think emerging market equities will outperform UK equities in 2016?*
- Yes: 52%
- No: 19%
- I'm not sure: 29%
Emerging markets have had a rocky ride this year! They started off by plunging nearly 10% within the first three weeks, but spent most of March and April as market darlings, at one point up 11.4% from their 1 January level**.
This growth was supported by a weaker US currency (making emerging market countries' US dollar debt more affordable to service); investor uncertainty causing outflows from some developed markets, such as the United Kingdom in the lead up to Brexit; and renewed interest in emerging markets in the lead up to Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff's impeachment trial.
Throughout May, enthusiasm waned slightly but emerging markets were still up 4.6% by the end of the month**. It can be an exciting area in which to invest and our Elite Rated emerging market equity funds offer exposure to some of the world's fastest growing economies with potential for strong returns over the long-term.
As always, it's important investors considering the asset class remember that emerging markets are typically more volatile than many other sectors and that the value of their investments may fluctuate, particularly over the short-term.
*Based on feedback from 45 FundCalibre visitors from 03/05/16 - 01/06/16
**FE Analytics, MSCI Emerging Markets, TR in GBP, 31/12/2016–01/06/2016