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After two decades of strong economic growth, emerging Europe has lost momentum. Robeco Emerging Markets Equities is currently not invested in Central and Eastern Europe because of the unstable economic policy in the region. “Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic have to be careful that their economies do not end up in structural slowdown mode. Brexit is a longer-term risk.”
India and Indonesia are both overweight positions in the Robeco Emerging Markets Equities portfolio. Just three years ago, both of these emerging economies were members of the Fragile Five, but they have learned their lesson.
The Emerging Markets Equity team has turned tactically bullish on emerging markets equities. This means that we expect emerging equities to outperform developed equities both in the short and in the long term. In our outlook we explain why, addressing the concerns investors have about this asset class.
For about a decade many investors believed investing in the four BRIC countries – a concept launched by Goldman Sachs Asset Management – was the easiest way to profit from growth in emerging markets. But times have changed. Simplification is not always the best approach.