Emerging Markets FX: The Framework of Opportunity

  By Torrie Callander, CFA & Canberk Yalcin   Emerging Market (EM) currencies have already regained much of the ground lost in H1 2020. We therefore expect a more heterogeneous set of factors to drive opportunity in 2021, as opposed to any homogenous, broad-based EM recovery. Traditional factors such as carry, value and growth should …read more

Turkey’s Currency Crisis Series: Part two (of two) – What next for the Turkish lira?

Previous EM currency sell-offs of similar magnitudes often yielded high currency returns in subsequent years. Based on valuations, historical data from previous sell-off episodes and the economic rebalancing that is taking place; current exchange rate levels suggest attractive return expectations for long-term TRY (Turkish lira) currency investments. Elevated rates of inflation and the external debt …read more

A framework for assessing the outlook for EM currencies

The case for investing in emerging market currencies remains strong, despite the recent volatility. A combination of rising US rates, concerns about the stability of the global trading system and local political turmoil have generated headwinds for EM currencies. However, the recent sell-off has considerably boosted return expectations given the current level of undervaluation in …read more

G4 vs Emerging Markets: where are we in the economic cycle?

• After nearly a decade in decline, the growth gap between emerging markets and developed markets is rising once more, but where is each group in its respective economic cycle?
• Although both groups were synchronised before the crisis, their respective economic cycles have since diverged. G4 economies appear to be well into their cycle, but EMs could be at the beginnings of a new cycle – a positive signal for EM currency investors.

The dilemmas of Pravin Gordhan

• On 22nd February, Finance minister Gordhan presented his annual budget to the national assembly.
• Gordhan faced a painful trade-off between managing South Africa’s eye-watering debt situation, supporting stagnant private consumption and political sustainability in the most unequal country in the world
• We simulate South Africa’s debt/GDP path under different assumptions, and argue that the economy still has a long way to go to achieve fiscal sustainability