Eq: EMs


Emerging markets have had a rough year, with many major indexes, including in China and Brazil being in or near bear markets. This has led to a great deal of anxiety over the direction of assets, both stocks and bonds, in EM nations. Well, July may be the start of a new phase, at least according to Goldman Sachs. The bank says the emerging markets have hit their bottom and are now poised for a rally. Goldman reminds investors that big asset price moves in EMs are not uncommon, and that this year’s losses are quite ordinary.

FINSUM: The big question here is whether EM equities or credit are a better bet at the moment. Looking historically, credit seems to have a better risk/reward proposition when getting in early in a rally.

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Emerging markets have been on a wild ride this year, with many entering into bear markets. But what about EM debt? That market has faced headwinds as the US Dollar is strengthening on the back of expectations for higher rates. However, some bond fund managers really like EM debt right now. While USD denominated debt from countries like Argentina get a lot of the attention, local currency EM debt can be very rewarding. In Brazil and Mexico, for instance, local currency bonds are yielding 10% and 7%, respectively. Other countries with solid local currency debt are South Africa, India, and Indonesia.

FINSUM: So there seem to be two big risks here. One is the exchange rate risk, and the other is credit risk. That said, these yields do seem to be rewarding, and worthwhile if they are a small part of a portfolio.


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.

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