Jan 8, 2020 - Economy & Business

Investors returned to emerging markets in December

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Foreign investors flocked back to emerging markets in December, data from the Institute of International Finance shows.

What happened: IIF estimates EM stocks and bonds drew $30.7 billion from foreigners in December, a significant increase from the $19.9 billion in November, and the continuation of a recovery from EM's summer slump.

  • The primary driver was monetary easing by major EM central banks and the "phase one" U.S.-China trade deal, IIF economists Jonathan Fortun and Benjamin Hilgenstock write in the report.

The big picture: For the full year, emerging markets attracted inflows of more than $310 billion, well above the $194 billion of inflows seen in 2018.

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