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The Latest Trends in Emerging-Markets Funds

Flexible, broad approaches are gaining attention--from fund companies, at least.

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Emerging markets have had a volatile but generally disappointing year. Their stock markets typically have risen more than those of developed markets during 2011's periodic stock surges, but have plunged further when investor worries have taken center stage. In part, the uncertainty reflects issues in individual countries, whether the potential for a slowdown in China, inflation in India, or political concerns in Brazil.

However, with growth forecasts gloomy for developed markets in Europe, the United States, and elsewhere, fund companies still look to tap into emerging markets when creating new offerings. In fact, they seem to have put extra effort into coming up with additional ways to invest in these areas.

Gregg Wolper does not own (actual or beneficial) shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.