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Emerging market shares to outperform other investment classes

10 July 2009 / by Rebecca Sargent

Wealth managers believe that emerging market equities will outperform all other asset classes over the next year, a poll conducted by Barclays iShares has revealed.

The poll, conducted at a private banking breakfast seminar found that 43 per cent of wealth managers see emerging market equities as the way forward, believing they will out perform all other investment classes over the next 12 months.

Corporate bonds are also in favour, as 15 per cent of wealth managers said they see them as being the top performers over the next year.

Barclays iShares is a leader when it comes to Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), which can be used to invest in emerging market shares. Speaking at the event, Mizam Hamid, head of sales strategy for iShares said:

"Net flows into emerging market ETFs in the current year are almost three times higher than for the whole of 2008 and are outpacing flows into developed market equities.

"ETFs are an ideal tool for managers to take positions in regions or asset classes quickly and efficiently, and for those looking to add an element of consistent, benchmark-neutral and risk controlled return to their portfolios."

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