India Remains Strongest EM Growth Nation

You know a country has it good when the worst news to emerge in the last year is a warning that economic growth could slow — to 7 percent.

Such is the situation in India, which is enjoying a remarkable combination of good luck and fundamental strengths that include a popular prime minister in the form of recently elected Narendra Modi, a growing consumer market and its emerging market cohorts in Brazil, Russia and China (BRICs) faltering in a way that has unsettled investors around the globe.

India’s successes have led to the country’s becoming what political scientist and geopolitical expert Ian Bremmer recently referred to as “the last BRIC standing.”

Around the world, Brazil is mired in political scandal and battling both recession and surging inflation, China’s economic struggles have roiled markets worldwide, and Russia’s economy is struggling to shake off the effects of economic sanctions and plunging crude prices, which this week touched 12-year lows.

Not so for India, the world’s largest democracy, which is home to more than a billion people and is currently a darling of investors.

via CNBC

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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