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Thursday, 06 September 2018 10:11

JPMorgan Warns EM Contagion Spreading

(New York)

The big rout in emerging markets is starting to look like a full blown crisis. So far the US has proven itself immune to the turmoil, but the contagion is spreading, according to both JP Morgan and BlackRock. The pair say that a herd mentality has taken hold and that investors are indiscriminately selling emerging market assets, so matter what the value or long-term outlook. Even those with holdings that look strong are selling for fear of getting trampled by the rest of the herd, thus feeding the cycle further.

FINSUM: The big selloffs now include not only Argentina and Turkey, but South Africa, Brazil, and Indonesia. Given the Fed’s hawkishness and trade wars roaring, there is no end in sight for the turmoil.

Published in Eq: EMs
Wednesday, 05 September 2018 09:45

Emerging Markets Might Be in for a Full Blown Crisis

(Buenos Aires)

A couple of weeks ago investors seemed ready to accept that the brief emerging markets selloff was just a minor Turkey-induced tantrum, but would not blossom into something worse. Well, that view seems to be waning, as the selloff in EMs has spread and is starting to have all the hallmarks of a full crisis. One analyst summarized the situation this way, explaining that this has all the hallmarks of an EM crisis: “a large dose of debt and an associated domestic credit bubble, including misallocation of capital into uneconomic trophy projects or financial speculation. Then add: a weak banking sector, budget deficits, current-account gaps, substantial short-term foreign-currency debt and inadequate forex reserves”.

FINSUM:EMs are facing a lot of headwinds, but the economies in most of them seem healthy, so hopefully the problems will be contained to just the most troubled (e.g. Turkey and Argentina).

Published in Eq: EMs
Tuesday, 04 September 2018 10:30

Pimco Says there is a Big Opportunity in EMs

(New York)

Pimco, long-time leader in fixed income, has just gone on the record saying there may be some good opportunities in emerging markets. The company’s CIO sees the major turmoil in EMs, but says they offer opportunity. With all the selloffs, Pimco says “There are clearly a lot of challenges in emerging markets. But we see a little bit of value. It’s beginning to look interesting … We don’t see the same complacency in emerging markets as we do in other markets … We are more buyers than sellers”. For instance, Pimco is a major holder of Argentinian debt, and favors the country over Turkey.

FINSUM: With all the currency weakness and selloffs, there are certainly some good opportunities. However, this is an area where we may favor active management, as it takes a lot of work and insight to understand the internal dynamics of EM opportunities.

Published in Eq: EMs


Emerging markets had a very poor first half to the year, with equities entering into a bear market and bonds suffering losses too. However, in recent weeks, bonds have started to rally, which has made some hopeful a big rebound is on the way. That said, American fund managers are not rushing back in, saying that the bonds are very risky. In fact, a survey by Citi found that even though prices are rising, top EM bond fund managers are getting bearish and are setting aside more cash in anticipation of losses.

FINSUM: Dollar-denominated bonds from the likes of Argentina, Egypt, and Brazil have their appeal—high yields, but they do hold a lot of risk, especially in a period of rising rates and a rising Dollar.

Published in Eq: EMs

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