Wed, Aug. 10, 2:52 PM
- Some estimates put the amount of global bonds trading with negative yields as high as $10T, so who could fault an investor for turning to emerging market paper as a way to eke out some income, says Brown Brothers Harriman.
- The team notes portfolio investment flows into EM have been positive in four of the last five months, with the early signs pointing to a continuation of the trend in August.
- While Brown Brothers sees more gains for EM credit, it waves the yellow flag: "A purely liquidity driven model of investing will work ... until it doesn't. We caution investors against getting too optimistic about EM, as fundamentals are lagging the price action."
- The iShares JPMorgan USD Emerging Market Bond Fund (NYSEARCA:EEM) is higher by 10.7% YTD, while yielding north of 4%.
- ETFs: EMB, PCY, TEI, EDF, ELD, EDD, EMLC, VWOB, GHI, EDI, EMD, MSD, SBW, LEMB, EMAG, EBND, EMSH, FEMB, EMIH, EMTL, EMBH, IGEM
Mon, Jul. 25, 3:01 PM
- Holders of long-dated U.S. paper could see losses of more than 1% annually for the next five years, says the asset manager's Global CIO Richard Turnill.
- What's a fixed-income investor to do? Higher returns are to be found in the debt of hard-currency emerging markets and high yield. For Turnill and team, EM debt is particularly attractive when compared to Treasurys over the next half-decade.
- ETFs: EMB, PCY, TEI, EDF, ELD, EDD, EMLC, VWOB, GHI, EDI, EMD, MSD, SBW, LEMB, EMAG, EBND, EMSH, FEMB, EMIH, EMBH
Wed, Jun. 8, 7:52 AM
- AUM at the iShares JPMorgan U.S. Dollar Emerging Market Bond Fund (NYSEARCA:EMB) surged to $6.5B last month, pushing it past the largest mutual fund in that category.
- While the appeal of low-cost, passive funds is obvious in developed economies, their rise in emerging markets can be labeled at least somewhat surprising, thanks to the idea sharp managers should be able to more easily find and exploit profitable opportunities.
- The reality though, is that active managers struggle to outperform, no matter the market.
- Emerging market fixed-income ETFs: EMB, PCY, TEI, EDF, ELD, EDD, EMLC, VWOB, GHI, EDI, EMD, MSD, SBW, LEMB, EMAG, EBND, EMSH, FEMB, EMIH, EMTL
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
The Fund seeks to maintain a high level of current income. As a secondary objective, the Fund seeks to maximise total return. The Fund will invest at least 65% of its managed assets in debt securities of issuers in emerging market countries. The Fund will
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