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Investors looking at emerging markets should favour Latin America over Asia in the near-term – in spite of Brazil’s imposition of a tax on foreign stock purchases, says Simona Paravani, global investment strategist at HSBC Global Asset Management.

She points out that LatAm equities are trading at a more than a 40 per cent discount to emerging Asian equities, versus a five-year average discount of just 5 per cent, based on 12-month trailing price to earnings ratio.

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Ms Paravani argues that the valuation case is further supported by a buoyant macroeconomic picture. HSBC’s central scenario is for Brazilian growth to be 5.3 per cent in 2010 – which will in part be driven by strong Asian demand for commodities.

via FT.com / Emerging Markets – View of the Day: Get the Latin feeling.

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