The Great Debate UK
from Davos Notebook:
Jim O'Neill, the Goldman Sachs economist who coined the term BRICs back in 2001, is adding four new countries to the elite club of emerging market economies. But does his new edifice have the same solid foundations?
In future, the BRIC economies of Brazil, Russia, China and India will be merged with those of Mexico, Indonesia, Turkey and South Korea under the banner “growth markets,” O'Neill told the Financial Times.
Hmmm. Doesn't quite grab you like BRICs, does it? The Guardian helpfully offers an amended branding banner of "Bric 'n Mitsk" (geddit?). But which ever way you cut it, it's hard to see a flood of investment conferences and funds floating off under the new moniker.
Ten years ago, Goldman had this field to itself. Now more and more acronyms are being bandied around by banks seeking to pique investors' appetite for higher returns.