Seth has it backwards. Mexico isn't the ugly kid here; India is. Massive economic growth has led to -- get this -- concerns over "rising interest rates." And that's led to panic selling in Southeast Asian stock markets, including India. Check out this quote from Dipak Acharya, a fund manager with the local BOB Mutual Fund:
"Nobody wants to buy in this market. Everyone is trying to take home whatever profit they are left with."
Color me thrilled. Hysteria is unlikely to affect the earnings of local stalwarts such as Reliance Industries and Tata Steel. Instead, it offers an opportunity to buy well-diversified, capital-rich regional stock funds such as Fidelity Southeast Asia (FUND: FSEAX ) on the super-cheap. That's as good as it gets.
India and Southeast Asia are taking on North America (non-U.S.) in this Investing World Cup match. Go back to the intro page to navigate your way to another part of this contest, and then vote for the region that you think should advance to the next round of the tournament.
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Fool contributorTim Beyershas worked with many Indian firms over the years. He's been impressed every time. Tim didn't own shares in any of the companies mentioned in this story at the time of publication. You can find out what is in his portfolio by checking Tim's Foolprofile.
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