Emerging Equity Markets in a Globalized World
46 Pages Posted: 8 Jul 2014 Last revised: 13 Apr 2023
Date Written: April 12, 2023
Does the globalization process of the past 25 years obviate the need to segregate global equities into developed and emerging market buckets? We argue the answer is no. Emerging equity markets differ in a statistically significant fashion from developed markets, featuring much lower levels of GDP per capita and equity integration. They also have significantly lower stock market development levels and, on average, feature lower valuation ratios. Emerging markets have morphed into high-beta investments that are highly correlated with developed markets. The historical performance of emerging market investing is much improved by replacing value-weighted indices with alternative weighting schemes, including equal weights, valuation-based weights, and GDP weights.
Keywords: Emerging markets, international diversification, value strategies, GDP weighting, equal weighting, value weighting, integration, segmentation, alpha.
JEL Classification: G11, G15, G18, G24, F36
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