Give Those BRICs Another Look

The uncertainty recently swirling in global financial markets has surely had its origins in the job reports from the U.S. and debt figures of Europe, but the stocks of China, Brazil and other developing markets are what have taken the biggest hit as a result. With investors increasingly adopting a "risk-on or risk-off" trading mentality, asset classes perceived to be the most volatile and risky have been hit hard. At the same time, stocks perceived to be relatively "safe" have performed well -- even if they have been at the center of the storm.

Despite major concerns over the labor market and dismal expectations for future growth, U.S. stocks are holding up nicely in a tumultuous environment. The same can't be said for emerging markets, even though these economies are home to robust expansion in gross domestic product, growing middle classes and relatively stable fiscal footing. That creates an opportunity for investors with the willingness to ride out the short-term ups and downs, with the goal of profiting from longer-term demographic and economic mega-trends....359 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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