More than half of Barclays Stockbroker investors believe Emerging Markets will deliver better returns than UK equities this year.
Research by the execution-only broker has revealed that 53 per cent of investors are bullish in their outlook towards Emerging Markets, believing they will deliver the greatest returns on their investments this year, while a quarter of investors suggest the UK is best-placed to provide positive returns.
Almost a quarter of investors claim investing in Emerging Markets in 2010 will be key to their portfolio, while an additional 36 per cent have admitted this sector is definitely on their investment radar.
Meanwhile, one in 10 investors has shown faith in the US market, and just three per cent of respondents said they were confident that Europe will be the highest performer in 2010.
Commenting, Barbara-Ann King, head of investments at Barclays Stockbrokers, is not surprised by these findings given the "ever-increasing coverage of Emerging Markets".
"Clients have clearly not been deterred by significant volatility over the last 18 months or so, and continue to look far and wide in order to achieve their desired investment goals.
"As the Emerging Market story becomes progressively more mainstream investors are finding that Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) present an efficient low-cost way to gain exposure to areas that were previously difficult to access, and Emerging Market ETFs accounted for 18 per cent of our purchases in the last quarter of 2009," she said.
India has been tipped to be the best performing emerging market this year, with China and Brazil not far behind.
Welcoming this news, Ms King said: "As the second of the emerging market powerhouses in Asia, India is well positioned to emerge as one of the leading global economies, so it is positive to see our clients are looking to capitalise on this."
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