Emerging markets investors up 75%, China down 50%: Rplan

Emerging markets funds are increasing by a rate of 75%, based on the same time last year, making them the go to fund of the post-Brexit investment world, according to online retail investment platform Rplan.

Rplan said that between 1 June and 15 August this year, it saw an 75% increase in flows into emerging market funds on its retail online investment platform when compared to the same period last year. However, despite the rise in this investment trend, one of the world’s largest emerging markets regions – China – fell by more than half across the same period. In a statement released today, Rplan pointed that it saw a 54% decline when looking at investments made into China-only funds.

Stuart Dyer, chief executive at Rplan, said: “Between the end of 2010 and December 2015, the MSCI Emerging Market Equity Index fell by around 30% but this year it’s up by over 14%. Some market commentators are saying there is a turn in the cycle of emerging market equities and this is fuelling investors to increase their exposure in this asset class.

Chinese volatility

“In contrast to this, the Shanghai Composite Index is down by around 14% this year, and this follows a huge level of volatility in Chinese stocks last year. This, combined with concerns about the Chinese economy and the actions of the government to intervene in its stock market, has spooked some investors and many are voting with their feet and withdrawing their investments here to go elsewhere.

“Emerging markets are experiencing a bit of a boom in terms of investor interest but they have gone cold on the biggest emerging market in the world – China,” said Dyer.

Rplan offers investors access to over 2,000 funds as well as pre-selected investment portfolios based on levels of risk. It has over 150 emerging market funds on its platform, and at the moment the five most popular ones in terms of flows over the past six weeks have been Neptune India, Jupiter India, BlackRock Emerging Markets Equity Tracker, JPM Emerging Markets and Neptune Africa, it said.

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