Steer clear of emerging markets: Wall Street

Steer clear of emerging markets: Wall Street

Steer clear of emerging markets: Wall Street

If it’s up to Wall Street, your clients shouldn't invest in emerging-market assets for the next decade.

The big banks are forecasting a performance slump on stocks, bonds and currencies and below average returns from developing nations, reported Bloomberg Tuesday.

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. recommends investors cut their allocations by one-third, while JP Morgan Chase & Co. predicts local-currency bonds will garner just 10 per cent of their returns this year since 2004. Morgan Stanley expects local currencies including the Brazilian real, Turkish lira and Russian ruble to continue on a downward spiral, after tumbling about 17 per cent last year.

Economies recently on the up-and-up – including those in India, China, Brazil and Russia – and managing to avoid the financial crisis, will slow to a snail’s pace as interest rates rise and the U.S. Federal Reserve takes a more conservative approach, according to Morgan Stanley. (Continued on Page 2)


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