GlobalPensions.com says that many pension plans are planning on raising their allocations to Emerging Markets. Most of the reasoning given is that they have been pleased that the current credit crunch in the United States has not had a very strong effect on the emerging markets.
We think that they are mostly right. Being globally diversified is typically a good thing but their reasoning is a bit weak. In a short country specific credit crunch global diversity is a great thing but don’t fool yourselves. If the current crunch (todays market rally notwithstanding) is prolonged it will effect global markets as well. Especially the rapidly growing emerging markets companies that need financing to continue their growth.