Mexico ETF Up 16% YTD, Defying Post-US Election Wisdom

Up almost 16% year-to-date, the iShares MSCI Mexico Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWW), the largest exchange traded fund dedicated to Mexican equities, is defying the post-US election conventional wisdom that a Trump Administration would be a negative for Mexico’s financial markets.

EWW is outpacing the MSCI Emerging Markets Index by about 400 basis points and is one of the best-performing ETFs tracking a Latin American market. Mexico is Latin America’s second-largest economy behind Brazil.

With the peso also sliding in the wake of Trump’s win, the Mexico’s central bank could move forward with more rate hikes to stem the currency’s slide. Although Mexico’s central bank said the first rate hike earlier this year was not the start of a new tightening cycle, the central bank surprised global investors last month when it boosted borrowing costs by 50 basis points to 4.75%, which is good for the country’s highest interest rate since 2009.

However, some investors believe Mexican stocks still offer value, particularly for investors willing to be patient with EWW. Mexico is Latin America’s second-largest economy behind Brazil. The good news for investors consider EWW is that President Trump, to some extent, has back-pedaled from some of his harsher campaign rhetoric aimed at Mexico.