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Economics and investment: emerging opportunities in emerging markets

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In 1981 World Bank economist Antoine Van Agtmael coined the term “emerging market” as a more appealing nomenclature for “less developed economies.” While the older terminology emphasised the gap between countries such as Brazil and China and their more “advanced” peers, the newer term shifted the focus to their potential to rapidly catch up. Investors were quick to catch on and the last four or so decades have been marked by cycles of emerging market investments moving in and out of favour. So…

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