Expect GDP Growth to Help Emerging Market Stocks Reverse Recent Weakness

Solid economic growth should be good news for emerging market (EM) stocks, which have historically done well when economic growth in EM has accelerated relative to that of developed economies. Economic growth in emerging economies is looking up.

According to LPL Research Chief Investment Strategist John Lynch, “We see advantageous demographics, early-cycle acceleration, and commodities gains all helping offset slowing but stable growth in China, resulting in solid economic growth for emerging economies in 2018.”

Digging deeper, when the gross domestic product (GDP) growth differential between emerging and developed economies has widened, the MSCI Emerging Markets Index has tended to outperform the S&P 500 Index, as our LPL Chart of the Day shows. EM GDP is expected to grow 5% in 2018, compared with 2.4% in developed markets, for a differential of 2.6%. In 2019, that differential is expected to widen to near 3% GDP expectations are based on Bloomberg consensus forecasts.

In this week’s Weekly Market Commentary, due out later today, we discuss the impact of economic growth on EM and highlight five keys to our EM outlook.



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