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EM Illiquid Is Not the Same as EM Small Cap – And That’s a Good Thing!

By Binu George


01 August 2019


Small cap stocks within emerging markets have outperformed large cap stocks (i.e., MSCI EM) by around 0.5% annualized since January 2000. However, Illiquid stocks (regardless of capitalization) have outperformed large cap stocks by around 3%. This illiquidity premium is related to, but not the same as, the small cap premium. This opportunity is all the more enticing as it sits atop emerging markets, an already attractive asset class, and offers active managers a large selection universe of approximately 2000 firms.

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Disclaimer: The views expressed are the views of Binu George through the period ending August 2019, and are subject to change at any time based on market and other conditions. This is not an offer or solicitation for the purchase or sale of any security and should not be construed as such. References to specific securities and issuers are for illustrative purposes only and are not intended to be, and should not be interpreted as, recommendations to purchase or sell such securities.
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