emerging market funds
Emerging market funds invest in the financial markes of developing nations.
Examples of countries usually listed in the emerging market category include Malaysia, Philippines, and Brazil.
There are lots of additional risks usually involved with investing in emerging market economies.
These additional risks include political risk, corruption, and significant amounts of currency risk.
Many of the funds that invest in the emerging market economies are bond funds.
This is because many of these nations are also major lenders to the world, and their bond issuance can be more attractive than the nations stock exchange traded companies equities, for example.
Some use the funds that invest in emerging markets as a way to diversification of portfolio.
Because of the risk contained in these funds, the amount of investment in proportion to the overall size of the portfolio is usually conservative.
Resources for Emerging Market Funds
You can find out about funds that invest in emerging markets from many of the same places as you'd find information for other funds.
That is to say you can find emerging market fund information and ratings from, for example:
You can find lot of research material on emerging market funds from investment banks that have emerging market research teams. These teams may be oriented to the emerging bond or equity markets, or may have economic research orientation.
Also, some of the books in this sector can give you a nice introduction as to the risks and potential of the emerging market investments. These books include: