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Fear and Greed: Investment risks and opportunities in a turbulent world by Nicolas Sarkis

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Chapter 4: Beyond Hype: a Balanced Look at Emerging Markets

It is hard for a Westerner visiting China not to feel awestruck. Perhaps it is the surprise of seeing vast and previously unheard of cities sprouting up out of the earth. Or, it might be the rather unsettling experience of encountering people who toil dutifully for long hours that would be literally unthinkable back home. Impressions such as these – and many others besides – help explain why China has become such an alluring investment story to outsiders over recent years.

The same is true of many of today’s other emerging markets. Nations from Southeast Asia, Latin America and even Africa have undergone a dramatic transformation from a time when they were perceived merely as hot ...

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