The Conference Board Economics Watch® - Emerging Markets View
Economics Watch is a complimentary global service for member companies that helps senior executives understand changing business and economic conditions worldwide. It offers concise, insightful perspectives on overall economic activity, consumer and CEO confidence, labor market and demographic trends, and productivity so that business executives can better understand what is happening – and what is likely to happen – in the U.S. and global economies.
2012 has been a year of major uncertainty in global markets. Looking into the new year, there are many more hurdles to overcome: a slowing China, weak competiveness along with continued debt crisis in Europe, the fiscal cliff in the U.S., the Israeli-Palestinian conflict…the list goes on. In fact, with so many unknowables still on the table, the only thing most businesses can be certain for 2013 is more uncertainty and higher volatility. However, the weak and volatile nature of global markets brings opportunities as well as risks, particularly in emerging markets. For the past several years, domestic demand in many emerging markets has helped to offset the slowdown from mature countries that began in 2008. And with more than 5 billion people living in emerging economies, investment opportunities for forward-thinking companies abound. The January 2013 edition of The Conference Board’s Emerging Markets Economics Watch will focus on the risks and opportunities that are likely to emerge throughout the year in the emerging world.