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More UK Investors Want Emerging Markets Exposure – Baring Research

Devina Shah London 17 August 2010

More UK Investors Want Emerging Markets Exposure – Baring Research

More than one in ten working adults in the UK -15 per cent more than last year - are considering investing in emerging markets in the next year, according to research by Baring Asset Mangement, a statistic aligning itself to the launches of several emerging markets funds in recent months.

The most popular investment proved to be that with maximum regional exposure, with 41 per cent of those surveyed looking at long-term investment in places such as Asia, emerging Europe, Middle East, North Africa and Latin America as well as the more conventional BRIC markets. Those considering a short term portfolio in these regions tallied at 32.7 per cent.

The BRIC economies attracted 25.8 per cent in long-term interest against a stronger desire for short-term investment, amounting to 35.1 per cent of those surveyed.

Long- and short-term interest in Asian markets was split fairly evenly, with the former attracting 15 per cent of those surveyed and the latter inviting the interest of 16 per cent. ASEAN markets polled at 7.9 and 5 per cent respectively.

Only 4.6 per cent of UK investors surveyed showed an interest in short-term investment in emerging Europe against a long-term interest of 4.4 per cent.

Middle Eastern and North African economies invited a long-term interest of 3.4 per cent against a short-term interest of 2.7 per cent.

Just over three per cent of those polled showed a long-term interest in Latin American markets against 3.8 per cent in the short term.

In terms of generational trends, double the respondents aged 25-34 are likely to invest in emerging markets in the next year compared with those aged 35-44 or 45-54.

Furthermore, the research shows that 15 per cent of men are more likely to invest in the coming year compared with just five per cent of women.

Finally, 13 per cent of investors in the South East of the UK are likely to invest compared with seven per cent of those in the Midlands.

ICM Research conducted this online survey of 1,478 non-retired UK adults on behalf of Baring Asset Management in early July 2010.

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