A strong U.S. dollar has weighed on the outlook of the emerging markets. However, investors may still find opportunities in some areas and country-related exchange traded funds.
A sustained U.S. dollar rally will pressure developing markets.
“Unfortunately, we do not believe the dollar rally is over which means the headwind is still there. But we think we’re more than two-thirds of the way for that dollar rally to be over,” Andres Garcia-Amaya, a macro research analyst for emerging market equities at JPMorgan Asset Management, said on CNBC.
Consequently, investors have been cooled on the emerging market theme this year, pulling $9.3 billion from emerging market funds in the week ended June 11, the highest sum since 2008 during the height of the global financial crisis.
Nevertheless, Garcia-Amaya argues that there are still “lots of opportunities” in the asset class. Specifically, the analyst points to markets that have plunged on geopolitical risk, such as Russia and Turkey.
Year-to-date, the Market Vectors Russia ETF (NYSEArca: RSX) gained 26.7%, iShares MSCI Russia Capped ETF (NYSEArca: ERUS) rose 24.0% and SPDR S&P Russia ETF (NYSEArca: RBL) increased 22.8%. [Russia ETFs Jump as Economy Expected to Return to Growth]