From Japan and the Philippines to the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, these countries' stock markets have rallied more than 20% so far this year.
#5 Philippines: +20%
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Philippine stocks have soared to all-time highs this year, as the Southeast Asian nation earned its first-ever investment grade credit rating.
The Philippines earned a BBB- rating and a stable outlook from Fitch Ratings in March. The ratings agency gave kudos to the country's resilient economy and its moderate budget deficit thanks to improved fiscal management by President Benigno Aquino.
In addition to the investment grade rating, investors have been drawn to the Philippines because it's shielded from the economic slowdown in China, said Ashraf Laidi, chief global strategist at City Index in London.