Contagion spreads for emerging currencies

|By:, SA News Editor

The iShares Emerging Markets Index ETF (EEM) is off 1.3% in the premarket as investors rush out of emerging currencies. The Turkish lira plunged to a record low today, while Ukraine's hryvnia fell to a four-year low, and South Africa's Rand dove to its weakest since October 2008 following Argentina's decision to devalue the peso and a weak PMI report out of China yesterday.

“We continue to see the risks surrounding China’s macro trajectory as having a negative impact on EM,” says Morgan Stanley's Rashique Rahman. “As capital costs rise and investment slows, commodity prices should come under pressure, boding poorly for economies linked to China’s old growth model.”

In Russia, the ruble has declined to an all-time low vs. the euro.

Of Turkey from Rareview Macro's Neil Azous: "Their net foreign-exchange reserves are dwindling pretty fast. They’re definitely in the danger zone. If you’re a money manager, the responsible action is to take some measures to reduce risk.”

Emerging market ETFs: EEM, VWO, DEM, EDC, DGS, EDZ, EEMV, EEB, SCHE, EDIV, IEMG, DVYE, EEV, BIK, EWX, BKF, PIE, CEW, ADRE, HILO, EUM, FNI, EET, GMM, PXH, BBRC, EEMS, EELV, FEMS, EEME, EMDD, BICK, EMCR, DBEM, FEM, EWEM, EVAL, JEM, EMLB, EMBB, TLTE, EEHB, EGRW, FNDE, EMSA, EMHD, EMFT, EMDR, QEM, QDEM

Relevant country ETFs: TUR, EWS, EZA, ARGT, EWSS, FXSG