Column : What’s next for emerging markets?
Meanwhile Europe’s sovereign debt crisis is spreading and the International Monetary Fund worries that it lacks the funds needed to help bail out Spain or Italy. All this as growth in the US and Europe is slowing. Clearly, we’re not in Kansas any more.
So is it time for investors to thrown in the towel and embrace the new world disorder? Not quite. Capitulation would imply a wholesale rush out of risk assets, including emerging markets and commodities, and into traditional safe havens, such as gold and, yes, US Treasuries (even now there really is no alternative to these for investors looking for a refuge in times of market uncertainty). While that will no doubt be the initial reaction—markets do tend to be correlated during a panic—investors will become more discriminating once the dust settles.
The reality is that the global markets are still awash in liquidity and will soon be drowning
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