Monday, January 31, 2011

Emerging Markets Pummeled by Inflation

"The political turmoil in Tunisia and Egypt is a reminder of the days when emerging markets were the Wild West of investing."

"While it is easy to dismiss events in those countries as unlikely to be repeated elsewhere, especially in Asian and Latin American nations with strong economic growth, investors in emerging markets are facing a much riskier landscape as a result of inflation."

"While most of the moves in emerging markets haven't been big, they mark a change in the outlook from 2010 when their fortunes seemed much brighter than that of struggling developed markets."

"'We currently view overheating within the emerging-market complex as the greatest macro peril facing the global economy," Michael Shaoul of Oscar Gruss & Son wrote in a research note Friday."

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