The way investors think about emerging markets has been evolving—along with the markets themselves.
A congested political calendar this year, with elections in the Netherlands, France, Germany and possibly Italy in the next few months, together with renewed uncertainty over the Greek bailout programme and the UK's decision to leave the European Union, have led investors to pay increasing attention to political developments in Europe.
Investors believe that Republican tax proposals would be dollar positive. If that were to be the case, some obvious beneficiaries would be overseas earners in markets such as the Eurozone and Japan. However, the analysis is complex and we are not convinced that the dollar has much more upside.
A number of major political and economic events shaped financial markets in 2016, forcing investors to navigate a landscape of heightened volatility. But with uncertainty likely to continue through 2017, GAM’s investment managers have identified some unique investment opportunities that go against the grain.