Emerging Markets

What are Emerging Market Economies?


Emerging markets, also known as emerging economies or developing countries, are nations which do not yet meet the standards of an advanced market. They are moving towards this status with rapidly increasing industry production, social development, and economic growth. As they develop, their involvement and influence on the wider global economy intensifies.


Emerging market economies are defined as an economy with low-to-middle per capita income. These countries have the potential for huge growth and, therefore, offer a high return for investors. However, they are also very high risk investments. Corruption, volatile stock markets and limited equity opportunities mean these economies are fragile.


While definitions and classifications do vary, the International Monetary Fund identifies 152 emerging market economies. Some of the countries widely accepted as emerging markets include many of the Americas, such as Brazil, Colombia and Mexico, as well as countries such as China and Russia.


Emerging Market News from LGIM


As one of the UK’s leading investment managers, LGIM offers knowledge and experience that can bring real benefit to investors looking to understand economics, policy and politics in emerging markets.


Find the latest research on future paths of emerging markets around the world, from currency volatility to financial market analysis.


Our Asset Allocation team includes dedicated and accomplished emerging market economists and strategists whose clear focus is to assess the macroeconomic environment across the emerging world. Our economists then work with our team of strategists and portfolio managers to translate their views into what this means at a portfolio level.


Is Chinese stimulus around the corner?

Two findings from our recent China trip stand out. First, the economy is much weaker than macro indicators suggest. Second, we believe that the authorities are planning a significant stimulus package to revive activity. 

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Emerging markets – is spring finally coming (in autumn)?

Following a hugely volatile summer, emerging markets rebounded in September. Is the comeback sustainable?

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Argentina: in economic quicksand?

Last year's market darling, Argentina, now finds itself in a vicious cycle of a weakening currency, rate hikes, lower growth and higher debt. So how can the country avoid a liquidity crisis turning into a full-blown crisis?

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Portfolio Thinking

Adios Mexico – for now

Now that the investment case has played out, I've caught up with an economist, a strategist and a fund manager as they say adiós to Mexican assets.

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