With emerging market stocks taking a beating, now would not seem to be an obvious time to launch new equity funds for the asset class. Benchmarker MSCI’s main emerging market stock index, after all, has lost more than a quarter of its value so far this year and concerns about the U.S. economic slowdown spreading are rife.
Despite this, U.S. investment manager Putnam says it is set to launch two new emerging market equity funds in October – one for U.S. investors, the other for Europeans. Is this perverse or prescient?
Putnam, of course, reckons it is the latter. During a chat with Reuters in London, Boston-based officials said the move reflected the long-term outlook for emerging markets which has not changed during the current market ructions. Growth projections for emerging economies remain far more attractive for equities than do those for developed markets, said Matthew Scales, a senior investment product manager.