Talking Turkey

Emerging market (EM) equities have been under pressure recently thanks to the combination of a stronger U.S. dollar, the ongoing U.S. and China trade dispute, concerns in Argentina, and now worries over the financial stability of Turkey.

Is Turkey the first domino to fall, and will a global crisis follow? Fortunately, we don’t feel that is the case at this time, as many of the Turkey issues have been self-inflicted.

As LPL’s Chart of the Day shows, EM markets have significantly underperformed the S&P 500 Index and MSCI EAFE Index this year, but since June, the underperformance has been even more pronounced.

EM Stocks Have Dramatically Underperformed the U.S. on Trade, Turkey Fears

“The Turkey situation is something we are watching closely, but with EM overall still seeing solid economic growth, strong demographics, and attractive valuations, we continue to suggest modest EM exposure for suitable investors looking to maintain a well-diversified portfolio,” says LPL Research Chief Investment Strategist John Lynch.

Be sure to read our Weekly Market Commentary, due out later today, in which we list seven reasons why you shouldn’t bail on EM.


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