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Fund managers predict strong growth next year for emerging markets

Data: Investing.com; Chart: Axios Visuals

After years of U.S. outperformance, fund managers say they expect American assets to deliver gains in line with international markets in 2020.

The big picture: Firms including BlackRock, BofA and JPMorgan say they are particularly bullish on emerging market equities, which have been unloved in 2019.

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Sanitation workers often neglected as countries expand access to toilets

a public toilet on side of the street with two men standing in front
A public toilet in Chennai, India. Photo: Arun Sankar/AFP via Getty Images

As developing countries continue to improve plumbing and provide toilets, many have left sanitation workers suffering from weak legal protections, poverty and social stigma, according to a recent joint report from the World Bank, WHO, ILO and WaterAid.

Why it matters: The workers who connect and clean toilets and sewers are on the front lines of a major global health campaign. According to UN Water, 4.2 billion people live without safely managed sanitation and 673 million use no toilet at all, a situation that compounds poor hygiene in causing 432,000 diarrhea deaths every year.