The iShares MSCI Indonesia (NYSEArca: EIDO) has lost nearly 20% in a five-day sell-off punctuated by a surge in trading volume. Investors are running for the exits as the emerging market’s currency also craters.
EIDO has been slammed by a plunge in Indonesian stocks and weakness in the rupiah currency.
The cost to insure Indonesian debt against default has jumped to an almost two-year high, Bloomberg News reports.
“The nation’s shares have tumbled at the fastest pace worldwide this quarter amid concern the quickest inflation in four years will spur the central bank to tighten monetary policy further after it raised the benchmark interest rate in June and July,” according to the story.
A widening current account deficit and talk that the Federal Reserve will taper its bond purchases have also driven the sell-off.
“Like India, which is in the midst of its own currency crisis, Indonesia suffers from a stubborn current account deficit, making it heavily reliant on foreign capital for funding,” the Financial Times reports.
“People extrapolate that if Indonesia continues to run a current account deficit and the Fed begins tapering, then it could become increasingly difficult for them to fund the deficit,” said Euben Paracuelles, an economist at Nomura, in the FT article.