Gavin Smith and Patrick McDonough discuss why investors should consider emerging markets as an asset category to include in their portfolios.
Risks—Investing involves risks. Some investments are riskier than others. Active Investing is subject to the risk that the investment techniques and decisions of the subadviser may not produce the desired results. Foreign investments may be volatile and involve additional expenses and special risks, including currency fluctuations, foreign taxes, and political and economic uncertainties. Investments in securities of growth companies may be especially volatile. Due to the recent global economic crisis that caused financial difficulties for many European Union countries, eurozone investments may be subject to volatility and liquidity issues. Illiquidity risk, which exists when particular investments are hard to sell; geographic concentration, which can result in more pronounced risks based upon economic conditions that impact one or more countries or regions more or less than other countries or regions; and derivative securities, which may carry market, credit, and liquidity risks. Emerging markets are countries that are beginning to emerge with increased consumer potential driven by rapid industrial expansion and economic growth. Investing in emerging markets is very risky due to the additional political, economic, and currency risks associated with these underdeveloped geographic areas.
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