Last year we wrote a series of articles and produced audiovisual pieces on the emerging market world.
Brazilian stocks, Mexican high-yield bonds and other emerging market assets are now in favor according to top strategists and analysts, so in the eyes of many, these nations will be the key bases for high yield plays this year. Strategists are betting on a dovish US Federal Reserve and the outlook for that liquidity support gives the entire EM world a boost. Emerging market banks are now attracting attention.
The iShares MSCI Emerging Markets exchange-traded fund is up 7.6 percent, after this fund fell 17.1 percent last year and was at one point, in bear-market territory. Note that official bear-market territory is when an asset is trading 20 percent or more off its highs. The Brazilian stock market has rallied since the January start. The new President of Brazil is looking to pass new laws that will give life to markets and the economy – Jair Bolsonaro is said to be read to push through a series of reforms. Some call him the Donald Trump of Latin America.
Stock markets in the EM world are rallying but note that bonds are rallying as well. Investors are concerned about President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and his fiscal measures, but the bond market continues to perform well. Finally there are some who are looking at EM banks, and the performance is very attractive, as per a piece by UBS on CNBC. The EM Market was beaten up badly last year but the start of 2019 has been given the market a much need boost.