Emerging Markets: Still an Investment Opportunity?
As the U.S. market matures, many investors are looking to emerging markets for growth opportunities. Is that the right move?
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This article has been prepared for informational purposes only and is not a solicitation or an offer to buy any security or instrument or to participate in any trading strategy. Individuals need to make their own decisions based on their specific investment objectives, financial circumstances, and tolerance for risk. Please contact your financial, tax, and legal advisors regarding your specific situation and for information on planning for retirement.
All investing involves risk including the possible loss of principal. Diversification strategies do not guarantee investment returns or eliminate risk of loss.
Each asset class has its own risk and return characteristics which should be evaluated carefully before making any investment decision. The level of risk associated with a particular investment or asset class generally correlates with the level of return the investment or asset class might achieve. Investing in stocks involves risk and their returns and risk levels can vary depending on prevailing market and economic conditions. Technology and Internet-related stocks, especially of smaller, less-seasoned companies, tend to be more volatile than the overall market. Foreign investing involves greater risks than those associated with investing domestically including political, economic, currency and the risks associated with different accounting standards. These risks are heightened in emerging markets.
MSCI Emerging Markets Index is a free float-adjusted market capitalization index that is designed to measure equity market performance of emerging markets. The index consists of approximately 23 emerging market countries.
MSCI World Index is a free float-adjusted market capitalization weighted index that is designed to measure the equity market performance of 23 developed markets including the United States.
S&P 500 Index is a market capitalization-weighted index generally considered representative of the US stock market.