The Female Growth Engine Driving Emerging Markets

The Female Growth Engine Driving Emerging Markets

Women in emerging markets (EM) will likely drive future economic growth. As EM economies grow and strengthen, women are attaining higher levels of education, participating in the workforce in greater numbers, and seeing improvements in the wage gap. They now have increased purchasing power and greater amounts of discretionary income to spend on themselves and family members.

Investment Considerations — There can be no guarantee that any strategy (risk management or otherwise) will be successful. All investing involves risk, including the potential of loss of principal.

Emerging Markets Risk — The risks of foreign investments are typically greater in less developed countries, which are sometimes referred to as emerging markets. For example, political, legal and economic structures in these country may be changing rapidly, which can cause instability and greater risk of loss. These countries are also more likely to experience higher levels of inflation, deflation or currency devaluation, which could hurt their economies and securities markets. For these and other reasons, investments in emerging markets are often considered speculative. Similarly, investors are also subject to foreign securities risks including, but not limited to, the fact that foreign investments may be subject to different and in some circumstances less stringent regulatory and disclosure standards than U.S. investments.