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Emerging Markets: Time to fear the inflation bogeyman?

  • ,  Senior Investment Writer |
  • 20 May 2022
  • Updated 30 May 2022
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EM Update With APAC in Focus

Inflation is everywhere. Emerging markets face ripple effects from price rises in the U.S. as well as their own macroeconomic priorities and concerns. It is Asia Pacific (APAC) that we open this EM update with though, looking at the region's economic health, asset manager priorities, and equity selection. Don’t miss the Round-Up section as well which has a catch-all EM update, and focused regional papers.


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Why Invest in Asia Small-Cap Equities Now? (PineBridge Investments, Apr 2022)

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EM in a World of Higher Long-Term U.S. Inflation (PGIM Fixed Income, Apr 2022)

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Emerging Markets Quarterly Outlook – Apr 2022 (CLIM)

This quarterly assessment of emerging markets offers a comprehensive outlook and strategy view across Asia, Latin America, Europe, Middle East and Africa. In light of recent developments, the authors are advocating an overweight in Brazil and Malaysia, and a neutral position in China.

Invesco's Country Spotlight: Brazil (Invesco, May 2022)

For compliance reasons, this paper is only accessible in certain geographies

Brazil is in focus here, and Invesco puts forward a supportive backdrop for investment. The economy, supported by commodity prices and a strong currency, could fare well despite global inflation. Meanwhile, there is hope that a stable political environment will provide further tailwinds.

Africa Private Capital: Fundraising and deal values (GPCA, 2022)

Private capital investment in Africa is growing, driven by technology and digitalisation but also by traditional sectors like natural resources, retail, and supply chain services. Also detailed are VC, financial services, infrastructure, and renewable energy investment in the region.