Emerging market investing: Allocation to the fastest-growing markets
Valeria Vine
Investment Specialist
Richard Carlyle
Investment Specialist

While each crisis is different, what is striking about this global pandemic is that (excluding China) the impact on emerging market assets appears to be more dire than the spread of the virus itself to those countries.

The good news is, a global recovery appears to be underway. As investors move from safe haven assets towards risky assets, capital flows into emerging markets could increase, which would create a favourable environment for emerging market equities.

With US interest rates expected to stay lower for longer, central banks in emerging markets could reduce interest rates further and enable cheaper financing for emerging market companies. These factors bode well for emerging markets, as a low interest rate environment could drive the continued search for yield alongside a pick-up in earnings growth.


Reality check

Emerging markets today consist of more than 60 countries with varying fundamentals, different economic growth patterns and often widely diverging company valuations. While emerging markets have developed, they constitute only 12%1  of the global equity market. Yet emerging markets are the key drivers of global growth, accounting for a significant share of the world’s GDP and global growth.2

A similar trend can be observed at the company level, where select global companies derive a large amount of their revenues from emerging markets (as discussed in the investment insights “Emerging market equity investing and the role of geographical boundaries”). Revenue contributions from emerging markets have been growing for some companies, outpacing revenue growth from developed markets.


1. Data as at 30 September 2020. MSCI Emerging Markets Index market value as a % of MSCI All Country World Index (ACWI). Source: MSCI

2. Data as at April 2020.Source: International Monetary Fund: World Economic Outlook database


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  • Depending on the strategy, risks may be associated with investing in fixed income, derivatives, emerging markets and/or high-yield securities; emerging markets are volatile and may suffer from liquidity problems.

Valeria Vine is an investment specialist at Capital Group. She has 11 years of industry experience and has been with Capital Group for four years. Prior to joining Capital, Valeria worked as a management consultant at Ernst & Young. Before that, she was a senior consultant at FactSet. She holds a master's degree in banking and international finance from Cass Business School and a bachelor's degree in economics from University of Nottingham. She also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation. Valeria is based in London.

Richard Carlyle is an equity investment director and vehicle portfolio manager at Capital Group. He has 38 years of investment industry experience and has been with Capital Group for 14 years. Prior to joining Capital, he was head of equities for Henderson Investors. Before that, he was a fund manager for Morgan Grenfell Asset Management, a pension fund manager for British Petroleum, and an analyst for Equity & Law Life Assurance Society. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics with honors from Leicester University. Richard is based in London.

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