Asset Managers Move Back Into Emerging Market ETFs

Investors have been put off from emerging market exchange traded funds after the recent dip. However, large money managers are coming back, pointing to excessive declines as a good buying opportunity.

The recent sell-off “is very much of a psychological thing that will pass once people come to their senses,” Mark Mobius, executive chairman of Franklin Templeton Investments Emerging Markets Group, said in a Wall Street Journal article. “Our strategy is to take advantage of any downturns.”

Mobius has increased his position Russia and Mexico stocks. Investors can play the two countries through ETFs like the Market Vectors Russia ETF (NYSEArca: RSX) and iShares MSCI Mexico Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWW). [BRICs Lead Emerging Market ETFs]

At Pacific Investment Management, Michael Gomez is allocating toward Brazil. Goldman Sachs Asset Management, emerging-market debt portfolio manager Yacov Arnopolin, is also buying Brazilian real and Mexican pesos.

Devan Kaloo, head of global emerging-market equities at Aberdeen Asset Management PLC, took on positions in India, Indonesia, Brazil and other markets after they saw large declines. Related ETF plays include WisdomTree India Earnings ETF (NYSE: EPI)iShares MSCI Indonesia ETF (NYSEArca: EIDO) and iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ). [Indonesia ETF Bounces After Deep Sell-Off]

According to MSCI, emerging market equities decreased about 10.2% year-to-date. J.P. Morgan Chase calculates that dollar-denominated government bonds have declined 9.6%. EPFR Global data reveals that emerging market debt funds have witnessed asset outflows over the past 15 consecutive weeks.