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For Better or Worse?

Investors demonstrated a persistent affinity for emerging markets despite a tough year for EM-focused funds in 2011.

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Investors were likely glad to see 2011 hit the history books, especially those who were positioned heavily in the emerging markets--and that's not a small group, even in spite of the regions' poor performance during the year.

How bad was it? Chinese equities were hammered in 2011, losing over 21%, while Brazil's main index was down 18%. Indian equities also had one of their worst years ever, as the country's benchmark 30-share Sensex plunged 23%.

Rouhan Sharma does not own shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.