Southeast Asia country-specific exchange traded funds are taking a beating, with a tropical storm putting a halting governmental and financial systems in the Philippines and a deepening current-account deficit in Indonesia.
The iShares MSCI Philippines ETF (NYSEArca: EPHE) declined 2.0% Monday. EPHE is down 17.9% over the past three months, but the fund is still 1.4% higher year-to-date.
Tropical storm Trami, or locally known as Maring, was almost stationary for over six hours inundating the region with monsoon rains and flooding, which forced the Philippine Stock Exchange to halt equity trading and settlement, Bloomberg reports.
The Philippine markets were also closed last year due to heavy rainfall.
Additionally, ETFs that cover another Southeast Asian country, including the the Market Vectors Indonesia ETF (NYSEArca: IDX) and the iShares MSCI Indonesia ETF (NYSEArca: EIDO), are hovering around their worst levels in 14 months, writes Victor Reklaitis for MarketWatch. [Enigmatic Indonesia ETFs: No Emerging Markets Refuge]
The central bank announced Indonesia’s current-account deficit widened to $9.8 billion in the second quarter from $5.8 billion in the first quarter. Moreover, the central bank has kept key rates unchanged, disappointing economists.