Time to Get Fussy
Be selective in EM Equities
Indiscriminate buying of any and all emerging market equities worked well from Q4 2018 to Q1 2019. We now see signals that it is time to be more selective. We have just put four EM countries on our negative watch list, and we will have to rely much more on index heavyweights like India, China and Taiwan if the region is to continue to outperform. The region also faces renewed competition from certain “cheap” European countries.