Emerging market investing isn’t a luxury, it turns out.It’s a necessity.

After all, the U.S. isn’t the only place to invest your money, and it may not even be the best place to invest your money in certain situations.

That’s where emerging markets can step in and fit your unique investing needs.

Emerging market investing can broaden your financial horizons and allow you to leverage the significant growth of countries like Brazil, India, China and Russia, and many, many more.

Here’s a deeper dive into investing in emerging markets, opportunities in those markets, how to invest in them, and how to measure downside risk against upside opportunity in far-off economic markets.

Simply stated, there’s money to be made investing beyond the U.S. and it’s up to you to learn how to make that money and build a more balanced and diverse investment portfolio.

What Are Emerging Markets?

For Main Street investors, investing in emerging markets means buying shares of mutual funds and exchange-traded funds located in countries and regions in significant economic transition.

Emerging market countries that fit that description are, more or less, limited to the 26 countries included in the Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) Index, a benchmark investment index that tracks the stock market performance of emerging market economies.

Those 26 countries in the MSCI include Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates.

Those 26 countries in the MSCI include Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates.

These countries don’t move in economic and geopolitical lockstep, so diversifying your emerging market investments is your number one risk management move. Otherwise, the risk of excessive volatility could kneecap an emerging market investment campaign crafted with even the most care and intention.

How to Invest in Emerging Markets

What’s your best path to portfolio success when investing in emerging markets? Here are several time-tested tips to maximize your foreign investing experience.

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