In 2012 alone, investors devoted $50 billion to mutual funds focused on the developing world, according to the EPFR Global financial data service. Promising emerging markets include many nations in Asia and Latin America. Additionally, African economies such as those of Zambia, Namibia, and South Africa may be poised to outperform some members of the European Union. Among the emerging markets to note are the Philippines and Morocco, both of whose gross domestic products are projected to increase by more than 20 percent over the next four years.
While it remains less easy to conduct business in Brazil than in many other developing economies, that country’s GDP is expected to grow by 22.3 percent by 2017. Mexico, Peru, Chile, and Colombia earn high scores both for ease of doing business within their borders and their respective GDP growth trajectories. Mexico, a particular standout in 2012, has gained an influx of foreign manufacturers due to the upward trend of wages in China. Mexico has also benefited from an increase in U.S. goods purchases because of its geographical proximity in a time of rising fuel prices.
As most observers would expect, a number of powerhouse Asian-based economies are earning greater attention from foreign investors. Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and South Korea all show inflation rates under 5 percent and strong growth.