Emerging markets frequently promise better returns than their domestic counterparts.
Still, they come with a special set of (manageable) risks that we don't always find at home.
A profound reaction to the Fed's tapering, higher-than-comfortable inflation, current account deficits, and outright political instability have all made for a volatile 2014 in the emerging markets.
It's easy to see why. Investors are worried about how they'll be impacted by the tapering of the Federal Reserve's bond purchases. And now Brazil, India, Indonesia, Turkey, Russia, and South Africa are now experiencing inflation of 6% to 7%.
Those same countries are facing current account deficits of between 4% and 7%, which places downward pressure on their currencies and upward pressure on inflation and interest rates.
And political volatility in Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, and elsewhere are contributing to uncertainty that's reflected in market performance.
But the truth is, for investors who know what they're holding, these emerging markets still hold outsize profit potential.
And taking your share of this growth has never been easier, thanks to these special securities...
Investing in 2013: Best Bets in an Uncertain Economy
If you're planning on investing in 2013, economic uncertainty probably will be a factor in deciding where to put your money - but some sectors stand out as solid prospects regardless of the economic climate.
Here's a breakdown of the best sectors for your money in the New Year.
Hot Sectors for Investing in 2013Silver: With economic uncertainty expected for the near term, gold is typically considered the best hedging choice.
But, as Money Morning Global Resources Specialist Peter Krauth pointed out in his 2013 silver price forecast, silver actually provides more potential for appreciation - and at a far better starting price.
Krauth says the white metal, currently selling for around $30 an ounce, could move to a new high of $54 an ounce in 2013 - and not just because of its hedging value.
Investment demand for silver should continue to increase, driven by the creation and expansion of several silver-backed exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and increased minting of silver coins.
Industrial use of silver is expected to grow even faster. That's largely due to the use of silver in solar panel manufacturing, which consumed 60 million ounces in 2012.
Solar panel usage is expected to grow as a result of U.S. President Barack Obama's emphasis on alternative energy and increased demand from Japan, which has made a major shift away from nuclear power in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster.
To continue reading, please click here...