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Emerging Markets – To Hedge or Not to Hedge…
Peter Douglas, GFIA Pte Ltd October 2006
 

…that is the question, whether ‘tis safer in a bind to suffer the peaks and troughs - or pay outrageous fees hedging against a sea of troubles, and, by opposing, end them1?

Investing in emerging market hedge funds is a completely different activity from investing in emerging markets. Investing, unhedged, in emerging market securities, is a long-term bet on the growth of the corporate sector of the developing world, and, at points in the cycle, a shorter-term bet on the risk appetite of global investors. The following figure shows the roller-coaster ride that a directional emerging market investor would have experienced over the past ten years.

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