With investors embracing emerging markets again, the Brazilian real currency exchange traded fund is approaching a five-month high as foreign investors jump back into Brazil and capitalize on the higher interest rates.
The WisdomTree Brazilian Real Fund (NYSEArca: BZF) was up 2.2% Tuesday. BZF has gained 7.2% year-to-date.
The Brazilian real was trading around 2.265 BRL per USD Tuesday. On March 27, the currency rallied to 2.2589, its strongest since Nov. 4, reports Filipe Pacheco for Bloomberg.
“The real is benefiting from the inflows of foreign investments in the past few weeks,” Tarcisio Joaquim, currency director at Banco Paulista SA in Sao Paulo, said in the article. “There has been a better sentiment toward emerging economies lately.”
The Ibovespa Brasil Sao Paulo Stock Exchange Index has surged 11.5% since the March 14 low. Meanwhile, the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSArca: EWZ) jumped 15.4% since March 14, but the ETF is only up 0.8% year-to-date.
The Brazilian real and equities markets have been under pressure in recent months after a bout of volatility induced sell-offs. [Technical Woes Seen for Brazil ETF]