After the speculation on Fed “tapering,” hot money exited emerging market exchange traded funds, but some believe the area now offers cheap investment opportunities, pointing to faster growth and higher yields than developed economies.
The iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: EEM) lost $3.9 billion in June, the Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: VWO) shrunk by $1.7 billion and the iShares J.P. Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond ETF (NYSEArca: EMB) saw $800 million in outflows, according to IndexUniverse data. [Rising Rates Weigh on Emerging Market Bond ETFs]
“In some places, the correction has created opportunities,” Michael Gomez, co-head of Pacific Investment Management Co.’s emerging-market portfolio management team, said in the Wall Street Journal article.
Specifically, investors are steering toward countries that have improved balance sheets and don’t rely on outside investments to expand.
PIMCO has looked into Brazilian and Mexican fixed-income securities, pointing to Mexico’s strong state finances and Brazil’s high yields.
The Mexican peso is hit a 11-month low on June 20, but it has since appreciated 4% against the U.S. dollar. The country is implementing economic reforms that should help support steady growth.