EM: The Last Frontier – Live with Arjun Divecha

Published on
June 16th, 2020
57 minutes

EM: The Last Frontier – Live with Arjun Divecha

Live ·
Featuring Arjun Divecha 

Published on: June 16th, 2020 • Duration: 57 minutes

As the developed world grapples with ever increasing levels of debt, slowing GDP, aging populations and historically low yields, there is another part of the world that seems primed for growth. Emerging market economies hold many of the characteristics that are conducive to long periods of economic expansion and prosperity. The question is — how are these countries fairing in the face of a deadly pandemic, and what can we expect from them on the other side of COVID-19? To answer these questions, Arjun Divecha, head of GMO’s Emerging Markets Equity team and a member of the GMO Board of Directors will be joining Real Vision’s Max Wiethe on this week's segment of Live. They will explore everything from today’s outlook on EM within the context of the virus, to how investors should be positioning themselves to benefit from the explosive growth that may come from emerging market economies in the years to come.



  • PS
    Parminder S.
    24 June 2020 @ 17:20
    Apart from a couple of bullish stock pickers (divergence of opinion isnt always necessarily good) at the end of the day RV has been superb esp over the last 2-3 weeks. Very well conducted interviews and well chosen guests
  • tr
    tom r.
    23 June 2020 @ 23:03
    Congrats on this interview. A very intelligent and knowledgeable about the way the world works. I thoroughly enjoyed his perspective on so many countries and markets. Still would like to hear his specific investments that are his favorites today.
  • TN
    Tim N.
    21 June 2020 @ 13:47
    Not sure that Russia and China are great bets going forward. The political risk is too great. We are now entering into a cold war (hopefully not a hot war) with those nations. Unless there is democratic change these countries will eventually be confined to an economically small sphere of influence comprising of the other third world despotic countries that make up the belt and road project.
  • PP
    P P.
    17 June 2020 @ 04:01
    Over the last 10 years his EM fund has compounded at 0.38 percent even less than MSCI EM index.
    • DS
      David S.
      17 June 2020 @ 19:21
      I bet Mr. Divecha has done very much better than that. otherwise he would not have wealthy clients. The “dollar and Fangs” comment was priceless. DLS
    • PP
      P P.
      18 June 2020 @ 12:00
      David S. Those returns are hard cold facts. You would be surprised by how many managers who don’t beat index are still alive in the market. Please go to GMO website to see last 10 yr returns of GMO emerging market fund.
    • DS
      David S.
      20 June 2020 @ 17:00
      Mr. Divecha invests in individual companies country by country. His record would different from the EM indexes. DLS
  • NK
    Nick K.
    18 June 2020 @ 18:42
    Thoroughly enjoyed this interview! Good job Max. Thank you Arjun, please come back!
  • VK
    17 June 2020 @ 06:00
    The most insightful discussion on emerging markets on RV so far. An interesting framework, a depth of understanding about the complexity and diversity of emerging markets and how different your approach needs to be when you invest in these places compared to investing in developed markets. Well done Arjun! And good questions from Max and listeners.
    • DS
      David S.
      17 June 2020 @ 19:02
      Vikram K. - Really good comment. Thanks. DLS
    • DD
      Donal D.
      18 June 2020 @ 10:45
      Vikram, fully agree with your summary and have no idea why this video got some many down votes. Arjun was very articulate and handle multiple question on the fly and Jack as you said did a great job managing the interview. Will watch again. Donal.
  • mB
    marc B.
    17 June 2020 @ 23:43
    Arjun was great. I’m excited for this space. Especially tech!
  • DM
    Dominic M.
    17 June 2020 @ 22:24
    Excellent interview - I'd love to see Mr. Divecha on RV again. And good job with the interview, Max.
  • DS
    David S.
    17 June 2020 @ 19:14
    A truly knowledgeable, practical and thoughtful interview. I will listen again in the spring of 2021 when we hopefully can see the end of the COVID-19 tunnel. Until then many people will latch on to any momentary hope that the recession is over. Profits will return and we off to the race until the fall. Mr. Divecha just gave us an in-depth lecture on how to look at EM and how the dollar may respond. Thanks. DLS
  • AH
    Attila H.
    17 June 2020 @ 17:01
    Great interview, thanks!
  • TP
    Timothy P.
    17 June 2020 @ 16:33
    Today I learned that AirPods by Apple are absolute crap for videoconferencing. RV, please establish some kind of microphone standard so the levels aren't wandering around like a lost cow in a pasture. Thanks.
  • RH
    Rob H.
    17 June 2020 @ 14:12
    I really enjoyed it, Arjun, was a great speaker and easy to listen to and understand. I just wish his audio was a little better, but hey nothing is perfect in life. Great Job. I would like to see him again!
  • PS
    Parminder S.
    17 June 2020 @ 12:21
    A very informative interview.
  • CL
    Charles L.
    17 June 2020 @ 09:31
    Fantastic guest. Thanks for coming on :)
  • KB
    Kirk B.
    17 June 2020 @ 04:38
    Excellent, informative interview. Jeremy Grantham's GMO is among the all time great value investors. The lack of comments about this interview perhaps reflects how out of consensus their value approach currently is. However, investors who want to include equities in their portfolio should be studying emerging markets, watching for the appropriate entry point, which may not be that far away.
    • AB
      Alastair B.
      17 June 2020 @ 05:46
      If you are willing to DCA over time I think the entry point is now for Russia, China and India.
  • AB
    Alastair B.
    17 June 2020 @ 05:39
    He seems to have read Daron Acemoglu’s ‘why nations fail’ for the strong institutions argument. Read the book if you want an expansion
  • JA
    Jose A.
    17 June 2020 @ 04:32
    Can you fix the audio levels on this video please?
  • CM
    Cory M.
    17 June 2020 @ 01:20
    Interesting and clear. Thank you, Max and Arjun.