Posted February 5, 2018 1:24 pm by Comments

We remain highly constructive on emerging markets in 2018, with local debt expected to continue to outperform hard currency debt in the year ahead. Local debt is starting the year with a much higher carry (over 6%) and EM FX should benefit from a number of interest rate hikes, specifically in the low-yielding segment of the asset class. High yielding currencies, on the other hand, will generally continue to benefit from stronger commodities prices, a by-product of the synchronised global growth cycle.

In contrast, we expect that external debt could be negatively impacted by Fed hikes. If we add up the carry, plus a modest currency appreciation, EM local debt performance for 2018 could be close to 10%. READ MORE

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