Emerging Markets Spotlight

James Syme takes a look at the higher-beta emerging markets and gives his thoughts on where the opportunities lie.    

  • James Syme
19 Feb 2021
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  • After the weak economic environment seen in 2019 and then the effects of the Covid-19 lockdowns, India has seen a powerful demand recovery in recent months.
  • Recoveries in Brazil, Mexico and South Africa have been more mixed, but certainly some data points show firm recoveries.
  • With the exception of India, we have been relatively cautious about adding exposure in these markets for two reasons: some significant challenges from Covid second waves and the potential for a short-term inflationary bulge due to rapidly rising commodity prices.


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