Historically, emerging markets have been both the darling and the crux of investors. This is because its emerging markets’ growth potentials have drawn excited investors who are seeking high returns on their investments, while the instability of these markets have also caused them heavy losses.

If you look at our table below, it’s easy to glean that the developed markets like S&P 500, DAX and FTSE 100 have done quite well relative to other markets both in 2016 and so far in 2017. Compared to these markets, emerging markets’ allure and dangers: while there were pockets of extremely good performance like in Russia, Thailand and Brazil in 2016, Russia is the worst performing market so far in 2017, while markets like Singapore that heavily underperformed in 2016 are doing well so far in 2017.

Stock Market Returns2017 YTD Return2016 Return
S&P 5007.1%11.2%