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With emerging markets EM leading other equity regions in the first quarter and asset flows turning positive after outflows in the second half of 2015, investors are showing growing interest in increasing portfolio allocations to EM. 

That’s according to the latest Emerging Markets (EM) Investor Sentiment Survey for Emerging Global Advisors (EGA), a quarterly poll of asset managers and financial advisors focusing on their sentiment and equity allocations to emerging markets. 

The EGA EM Investor Sentiment Survey score increased 9 per cent from 495 in the fourth quarter of 2015 to 538 in the first quarter of 2016 with the number of respondents who expect to raise their EM equity allocations increasing by a third from last quarter.

“Less than a third of respondents are confident that their EM allocation reflects the regions and themes with the greatest investment opportunities in EM in the next 12 months,” says Marc Zeitoun, Chief Product and Marketing Officer at Emerging Global Advisors. “This survey confirms what our clients have been telling us – increasingly, they are looking to recalibrate their emerging market allocation and want help aligning their portfolios with the areas of growth.”
 
A total of 91 asset managers and financial advisors, with over 60% managing more than $500 million in assets, participated in the digital survey between 1 March and 1 April, 2016.

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