In-depth: the BRIC countries

How worried should investors be about the apparent resurgence of the Cold War between Russia and the West? Was the dramatic slowdown in the Brazilian GDP really just a blip? Is China about to suffer its own subprime crash, and how might a?make-or-break general election in India affect its ?real estate market?

These are crucial questions – not just for international property investors but also for the global economy. It is now 13 years since the BRIC countries were grouped together by Goldman Sachs economist Jim O’Neill, and in that time the emerging economies of Brazil, Russia, India, and