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Here’s more proof that investing in emerging-market stocks is a bad idea

Howard Gold
Here’s more proof that investing in emerging-market stocks is a bad idea

Year after year, Wall Street and investment advisers continue to assert that emerging markets are a good investment. A Google search shows recommendations from the likes of Lazard and Goldman Sachs, while luminaries such as Jeffrey Gundlach, Jeremy Grantham, and Rob Arnott say EM is the place to be over the next seven to 20 years. Since the last bear market bottom in 2008-2009, the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index ETF (EEM) has risen about 175%, while the Vanguard Total Market Index ETF (VTI) which tracks a broad swath of U.S. stocks, soared around 350% and the plain-vanilla S&P 500 index (SPX)  gained roughly 270% as of Wednesday.