The MSCI Emerging Markets Index, up 28.09%, is the best performing major index year-to-date – better than the DASDAQ, better than the S&P 500, better than the DJIA. That’s an amazing reversal.
Emerging Markets have lagged the other major indexes over the last decade.
- 2.21% for 3 years (vs. 9.57% for the S&P 500)
- 5.56% for 5 years (vs. 14.36% for the S&P 500)
- 2.76% for 10 years (vs. 7.61% for the S&P 500)
Why do we mention this? A well diversified portfolio often includes an allocation to Emerging Markets. Emerging Markets represent the economies of countries that have grown more rapidly than mature economies like the US and Europe.
Countries in the index include Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Russia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates. Some of these countries have economic problems but economic growth in countries like India, China, and Mexico are higher than in the U.S.
Between 2003 and 2007 Emerging Markets grew 375% while the S&P 500 only advanced 85%. As a result of the economic crisis of 2008, Emerging Markets suffered major losses. It is possible that these economies may now have moved past that economic shock and may be poised to resume the kind of growth that they have exhibited in the past. Portfolios that include an allocation to Emerging Markets can benefit from this recovery.