Wed, May 11, 8:09 AM
- "We’ve been outright reducing risk in some of the higher-risk, or more volatile, segments of the market,” says Pimco CIO Dan Ivascyn. “The emerging-market region has significant near-term challenges. From a shorter-term perspective, we’re much more cautious."
- Emerging market bonds in April fell to 9.4% of assets at Pimco's Total Return Fund (MUTF:PTTRX)/ That's down from 28.9% just last August, and the lowest proportion since August 2014. Like other risk assets, emerging market paper has put in a whale of a rally since mid-February.
- The Bloomberg USD Emerging Market Sovereign Bond Index is up 7.2% this year.
- U.S. government paper holdings make up about 36% of the fund.
- ETFs: EMB, PCY, TEI, EDF, ELD, EDD, EMLC, VWOB, GHI, EDI, EMD, MSD, SBW, LEMB, EMAG, EBND, EMSH, FEMB, EMIH
Nov. 23, 2015, 12:30 PM
- "Hazard ahead: The emerging market credit cycle has turned down," is the title of a recent JPMorgan report, arguing credit markets will tighten as the Fed boosts rates.
- A shoe not yet dropped, says the team, is that debt to GDP ratios are not decreasing.
- "Remember that a lot of the credit growth in emerging markets is no more than the flip side of easy money in developed markets," and as the Fed normalizes, this can reverse, though Europe and Japan keeping their feet on the gas pedal should mitigate the turn.
- The ratio of broad emerging market nonfinancial private credit to GDP hit 128% of GDP in Q1, up 51 percentage points from 2007. Exclude China, and the numbers are not nearly as gaudy, but still frothy, and the moves resemble those from that of developed markets in the years leading up to the global financial crisis.
- ETFs: EMB, PCY, TEI, EDF, ELD, EDD, EMLC, GHI, VWOB, EMD, EMCB, EDI, MSD, EMCD, EMHY, HYEM, SBW, LEMB, EMAG, CEMB, EBND, PFEM, EMSH, FEMB
Oct. 2, 2015, 4:32 AM
- Emerging markets are on track to suffer their first annual net outflow since 1988, the Institute of International Finance predicts.
- Foreign inflows are set to halve to $548B this year and outflows are expected to come in at $540B. With local outflows accelerating, net flows will turn negative.
- The flight from emerging markets "has been driven primarily by internal factors, basically reflecting a sustained slowdown in EM growth and amplified by rising uncertainty about China’s economy and policies," the IIF says.
- EMs have also been hit by the commodities rout, to which many are exposed. Weak currencies and political turmoil in countries such as Brazil and Turkey are increasing the risks.
- While those risks remain high, there is little incentive for investors to return to EMs.
- ETFs: EWZ, BRF, BRZU, BZF, EWZS, BRXX, BRAQ, BZQ, BRAZ, BRAF, UBR, DBBR, FBZ, TUR, EMB, PCY, TEI, EDF, ELD, ECON, EDD, EMLC, TKF, GHI, VWOB, CEW, EMD, EDI, MSD, EMHY, HYEM, EMIF, SBW, PXR, FEO, EMQQ, LEMB, EMAG, EMCG, EBND, AYT, PGD, PFEM, JEM, EMEY, EMSH, EMDI, BCHP, FEMB
Oct. 1, 2015, 3:02 PM
- Back in 1988, net capital market outflows were $9B, and they've been positive ever since. This year, according to the Institute of International Finance, net outflows are set to return to the tune of a whopping $540B.
- Meanwhile Federated Investors portfolio manager Ruggero de'Rossi thinks now is the time to buy the dip in emerging market government bonds. The yield spread between sovereign EM debt and comparable U.S. Treasury paper has widened to 420 basis points from a recent low of 250 bps. He likes the risk/reward across a diverse array of EM countries. He's not so bullish on EM corporate debt, however, as many companies have not fully hedged exchange rate exposures.
- ETFs: EMB, PCY, TEI, EDF, ELD, EDD, EMLC, GHI, VWOB, EMD, EDI, MSD, SBW, LEMB, EMAG, EBND, EMSH, FEMB
Aug. 28, 2015, 1:11 PM
- Outflows from emerging market bond funds like EMB hit $4.2B in the week ending Aug. 26, the second-largest amount ever. Overall emerging market net outflows of $10.5B were the largest since early 2008.
- Turning back to bond funds alone, outflows over the last three weeks of $7.5B represent 2.9% of AUM, says Morgan Stanley.
- EMB is lower by more than 5% since a late-April high, and in stocks, EEM is off nearly 20% over the same time frame.
- Previously: Record amount pulled from stock funds (Aug. 28)
- ETFs: EEM, VWO, EDC, EMB, PCY, EDZ, TEI, SCHE, EDF, IEMG, ELD, EDD, EMLC, EMF, MSF, EEV, GHI, VWOB, ADRE, EMD, EDI, EET, EUM, MSD, GMM, SBW, DBEM, LEMB, EMAG, EEME, EBND, EMCR, FEM, XSOE, EWEM, HEEM, EMLB, EMSH, EMSA, EMFT, KEMP, FEMB, KLEM
May 6, 2015, 4:36 AM
- A worldwide selloff in government bonds deepened today, buoyed by rising German Bund yields that recently hit record highs and narrowed their gap with U.S. Treasuries.
- Benchmark 10-year Bunds now trade at 0.53%, having hit a record low of 0.05% last month, when many expected them to turn negative.
- The vicious bond market meltdown is also raising pressing questions for investors - is this a correction or merely a trend change?
- ETFs: EMB, PCY, EU, BNDX, ELD, JGBS, EMLC, JGBD, DSUM, WIP, BWX, VWOB, AUNZ, ALD, IGOV, ILB, BUNL, LEMB, JGBL, EMAG, ITLY, ITIP, ISHG, BWZ, ITLT, EBND, CBON, BUNT, GGOV, JGBT, GTIP, PFEM, JGBB, EMSH, CHNB, FEMB
Apr. 6, 2015, 5:29 AM
- Facing decade-high inflation, a fiscal crisis and water rationing, more than a million Brazilians took to the streets last month to protest government corruption and mismanagement. In China, growth is slowing as property prices fall, propelling more than 1,000 iron ore mines toward financial collapse. In Russia, citizens are deserting their nation’s banks, switching savings into U.S. dollars. Such snapshots of growing distress in the world’s largest emerging markets are echoed among many of their smaller counterparts.
- In aggregate, the 15 largest emerging economies experienced their biggest capital outflow since the crisis in the second half of last year.
- These trends, analysts say, signal a “great unravelling” of an emerging markets debt binge that has swollen to unprecedented dimensions. The pain inflicted by this capital flight is being felt in the real-life economies of vulnerable countries and in a surging number of emerging market corporations that are forecast to default on their debts.
- Source: FT
- ETFs: EMB, PCY, ELD, ECON, EMLC, CEW, VWOB, EMIF, PXR, LEMB, EMCG, EMAG, EBND, AYT, PGD, EMRE, PFEM, JEM, EMSH, FEMB
Feb. 9, 2015, 3:49 PM
- "Simple broad credit allocations are to be avoided," says Invesco Fixed Income Chief Strategist Rob Waldner. "With volatility comes opportunity, but it is more important than ever for investors to do detailed research to avoid credit accidents that are likely to come with increasing frequency in coming quarters.”
- As for credit's troubles from the crash in oil , current market sentiment and pricing is pricing in a recovery in oil prices which isn't guaranteed to happen.
- Waldner is particularly cautious on high-yield and emerging market debt - both sovereign and corporate.
- ETFs: HYG, JNK, EMB, HYLD, PCY, ELD, EMLC, PHB, VWOB, SJB, IHY, ANGL, HYEM, EMHY, HYLS, PGHY, UJB, LEMB, HYXU, EMAG, XOVR, EBND, QLTC, IJNK, EMSH, FEMB
Nov. 5, 2014, 1:27 PM
- The First Trust Emerging Markets Local Currency Bond ETF (NASDAQ:FEMB) is an active fund that seeks to maximize total return and income, while also minimizing volatility, by investing in bonds that are denominated in the issuer's local currency.
- Another active fund, the First Trust Low Duration Mortgage Opportunities ETF (NASDAQ:LMBS) will invest at least 80% of its net assets in investment-grade, mortgage-related debt securities and other mortgage-related instruments in the search of current income for investors.
- The third fund launched by the group today was the First Trust International IPO ETF (NASDAQ:FPXI), which tracks a basket of the 50 largest and typically most liquid companies that are domiciled outside the U.S. within the IPOX Global Composite Index.
- Other emerging market bond ETFs: EMB, PCY, ELD, EMLC, VWOB, LEMB, EMAG, EBND, EMSH
- Other mortgage REIT ETFs: REM, MORL, MORT
- Other IPO ETFs: FPX, IPO, IPOS
Jul. 1, 2014, 3:45 AM
- Emerging market bond sales have soared past analyst estimates for the first half of 2014, as investors flock to higher yields. $268B of bonds sold so far this year, compared to the $240B sold in the same period of 2013.
- Due to a dovish Fed, U.S. yields have fallen this year to 2.5% from end-2013 levels of 3%. As a result, increased demand for higher yield has investors trading emerging market bonds despite geo-political risks.
- ETFs: EMB, PCY, ELD, EMLC, EMCB, VWOB, EMCD, HYEM, EMHY, LEMB, EMAG, CEMB, EBND, PFEM, EMSH, SEMF, IEMF, LEMF
Feb. 12, 2014, 4:50 PM
- "The default rate is non-existent," he says, agreeing that fundamentals in high-yield look good. "Instead of a default cycle, we've had a refinance cycle." The issue, however, is valuation. At the end of 2013, the 30-year Treasury yielded about 4%, while BB corporates "unbelievably" yielded just 4.5% - a "remarkably low incremental yield."
- His feelings about overvaluation extend to the investment grade corporate market (LQD) as well.
- Most curious to Gundlach is how universally the long bond is hated at 4%, while junk yielding 4.5% gets so much love.
- Besides Treasurys, Gundlach sees value in emerging market bonds. The risk is in the currency, but this can be eliminated by buying dollar-denominated paper.
- High yield ETFs: HYG, JNK, HYLD, HYS, SJNK, PHB, BSJF, SJB, BSJE, HYHG, BSJG, BSJI, ANGL, BSJH, HYLS, XOVR, THHY, UJB, QLTC, SHYG, BSJK, HYZD, BSJJ, HYND
- Investment grade ETFs: LQD, VCSH, VCIT, CORP, VCLT, CSJ, CIU, CFT, SCPB, LWC, CLY, ITR, QLTA, IGHG, PFIG, SLQD, IGS, CBND, IGU, QLTB
- EM bond ETFs: EMB, PCY, ELD, EMLC, EMCB, VWOB, EMCD, ILB, HYEM, EMHY, LEMB, ITIP, EMAG, EBND, GTIP, PFEM, EMSH, SEMF, IEMF, LEMF
Jan. 7, 2014, 12:12 PM
- The EGShares TCW EM Short Term Investment Grade Bond ETF (SEMF), Intermediate Term Investment Grade Bond ETF (IEMF), and Long Term Investment Grade Bond ETF (LEMF) will begin trading on January 8th; offering exposure to both sovereign and corporate bonds.
- Each new fund will charge 0.65%, which is above the average expense ratio for this sector, but few funds currently offer specific duration exposure to emerging market bonds.
- Other emerging market bond ETFs: EMB, PCY, ELD, EMLC, EMCB, VWOB, ILB, EMCD, LEMB, ITIP, EBND, EMAG, GTIP, PFEM, EMSH
Dec. 4, 2013, 1:41 PM
- DES follows the performance of the small cap segment of the U.S. dividend paying market and is now the 8th WisdomTree (WETF) fund to cross the billion dollar mark.
- Luciano Siracusano, WisdomTree Chief Investment Strategist, commented,
"By weighting the U.S., small cap market by the dividends companies
pay, WisdomTree has been able to create a potential source of income
for investors looking for alternatives in today's low-interest rate
- This ETF has been on the market since 2006 and has attracted investors with its relatively low expense ratio of 0.38% and an average dividend yield of nearly 3%.
- Other billion dollar WisdomTree funds: DXJ, DEM, DGS, DLN, ELD, DTN, EPI
Nov. 21, 2013, 9:12 AM
- Emerging market bond ETF investors worried about duration risk will have their first short-duration fund to choose from starting today with the launch of ProShares' Short-Term USD Emerging Markets Bond ETF (EMSH). The fund has an expense ratio of 0.5%.
- The underlying index only selects paper with a fixed rate and maturity of 0-5 years, with a weighted average yield-to-maturity of three years or less. Sovereign, and corporate - both investment and speculative grade - will be included.
- As comparison, the iShares J.P. Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond ETF (EMB) has a 7-year effective duration.
- Corporate EM bond ETFs: EMCB, EMCD, HYEM, EMHY
- Government EM bond ETFs: EMB, PCY, ELD, EMLC, ILB, LEMB, ITIP, EBND, GTIP, PFEM
Nov. 13, 2013, 11:33 AM
- Market Vectors files paperwork for the Emerging Markets Aggregate Bond ETF EMAG, with an after-fee-waiver annual expense ratio of 0.49%.
- The fund will hold both sovereign and corporate, and both investment grade and high-yield paper from a large number of emerging market countries. At the end of Q3, the tracked index held about 1,800 bonds from a total of 694 issuers.
- Market Vectors' Emerging Markets Local Currency Bond ETF (EMLC) has just over $1B in AUM.
- Related ETFs: EMB, PCY, ELD, EMLC, ILB, LEMB, ITIP, EBND, GTIP, PFEM, EMCB, EMCD, HYEM, EMHY
Sep. 28, 2013, 1:30 PM
- "Sovereign emerging-market yields today are consistent with their averages between 2003 and 2007, but U.S. Treasury rates are only about half as high," writes Shuli Ren, in a bullish piece on emerging-market debt.
- The premise is simple: 17 consecutive weeks of EM bond fund outflows has "flooded out irrational exuberance that had piled up over the winter and spring" and brought the market back down to earth, even as institutional demand has remained strong, suggesting retail investors have overreacted to taper talk.
- With the Fed still striking a highly accommodative tone, emerging-market debt could rally as investors discover the relatively attractive valuations.
- ETFs - EMB, LEMB, PCY, EMLC, ELD, PFEM, EBND, VWOB; Asia: ALD; Latin America: BONO
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