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16th November 2015

New Barings research reveals that nearly one in five investors is considering investing in emerging markets next year

Baring Asset Management

New research from Baring Asset Management (Barings) has revealed that nearly one in five (18%) of non-retired people are considering investing in emerging markets next year in respect of their retirement planning.

According to the latest retirement sentiment survey* by Barings, the number of people looking to invest in emerging markets for the long term has reached its highest level since 2009.** Of those, the number of people looking to access them through a single fund that covers all emerging markets also continues to rise: the research showed that one in seven (13%) would look to invest in a single portfolio, up from 12% in 2014 and 8% in 2013.***

When asked about specific emerging markets, the research found that 8% said they would likely invest in major Asian economies such as China, India and South Korea, while the same number preferred emerging European markets such as Poland. One in 20 (5%) said they would likely look at the ASEAN region, while 4% – double the number from the last year’s survey (2%) – said they would be likely look at frontier markets.

Sentiment towards emerging markets is, however, more positive among younger segments: of those that might invest in emerging markets for the long term, 15% were 18-24 year olds compared with 8% of 55-64 year olds. Moreover, while 15% of 18-24 year olds would look at BRIC economies, this falls to just 1% of pre-retirement 55-64 year olds.

Rod Aldridge, Head of EMEA Wholesale Distribution at Baring Asset Management, said: “The emerging markets asset class represents a significant number of countries and a significant slice of the global economy. Despite uncertainty around some emerging markets, fuelled in part recently by concerns over China’s economy and the impact on regional Asian economies, we believe that the asset class will grow in significance over the long term.”

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* Research conducted online by ICM research on behalf of Baring Asset Management of 1,548 non-retired GB adults between 26 – 28 August 2015. Population figures have been weighted (using ICM UK adult population figure of 47.358 million) and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).


** Research conducted online by ICM research on behalf of Baring Asset Management of 1,478 non-retired GB adults between 3– 5 July 2009. Population figures have been weighted (using ICM UK adult population figure of 46.30 million) and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).


*** Research conducted online by ICM research on behalf of Baring Asset Management of 1,581 non-retired GB adults between 5 – 7 July 2013. Population figures have been weighted (using ICM UK adult population figure of 47.358 million) and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+)


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