Emerging Markets

Emerging markets — also known as emerging economies or developing countries — are the nations that are investing in more productive capacities. They are moving away from the traditional economies that rely on agriculture and the exportation of raw goods. This typically means higher urbanisation, and an increase in manufacturing, the service economy and financial services.

These markets are important as they drive new growth into the global economy.

In much of the world, more developed economies are struggling, afflicted by years of low growth, high debt and ageing populations.

Emerging markets, on the other hand, are becoming the land of investment opportunity.

What are emerging markets?

Well, they typically have some similar features to developed markets. One of these is lower-than-average per capita income.

These markets make up 80% of the world’s population — 23 countries, including the BRICs economies of Brazil, Russia, India and China.

It is estimated that, by 2050, China and India will become the world’s dominant suppliers of manufactured goods and services, and Brazil and Russia will become equally dominant in the exportation of raw materials.

Why? Lower labour and production costs have made these countries (which now also includes South Africa) a highly attractive source of foreign expansion opportunity.

So why invest in these emerging markets?

Just consider this. A hundred years ago, India and China produced 16% of the world’s output, while Europe and the US produced 40%.

Today the BRICs economies are seeing the world’s most impressive growth.

In 2008, while the developed world was going through a major financial crisis, the BRICS economies accounted for two-thirds of global GDP growth. In three short years, their share for the world’s GDP growth increased to 50%.

Yet, investing in emerging markets isn’t easy. Picking the winners can be a rollercoaster ride, as they can be prone to economic and political instability.

But we believe you shouldn’t miss out on investing in these growth powerhouses because of fear. We’re here to help.

To find out the best ways to profit and discover which countries are the best long-term investment, see our latest news and analysis on emerging markets below.

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