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August provided yet another month of positive returns, with low US interest rates continuing to support the emerging markets, in spite of the political volatility surrounding North Korea. However, there are whispers amongst some analysts, that the head room for further Emerging Market performance is shrinking with valuations beginning to look expensive. This was somewhat supported by a survey from the Institute of International Finance, which showed that investors cut capital flows to Emerging Market debt and equity in August to $15.8bn, the lowest level since this January’s $13.2bn reading. We remain slightly overweight in the sector for a Balanced investor.

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