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Is It Time To Treat China Differently From Emerging Markets?

Jim O’Neill of Goldman Sachs originally coined the term BRIC to represent the four fastest-growing markets in 2001 – Brazil, Russia, India and China. Since then, the BRICs have become emerging market staples for diversified portfolios.

Interestingly, in the wake of COVID-19, investors are starting to revisit whether China still meets these characteristics 20 years later.

Let’s take a look at what sets China apart from other emerging markets, why investors are increasingly drawn to the country and risk factors to consider.

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Not a Typical Emerging Market

Emerging Market Volatility
Emerging Market Volatility – Source: Indexology

Attractive Market for Investors

Keep in Mind: Risks Remain

Rising Defaults Among SOEs
Rising Defaults Among SOEs - Source: Caixin

The Bottom Line