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By Margé Karner - June 28, 2018
Emerging markets (EM) volatility is on the upswing, thanks to rising U.S. interest rates, mixed global growth and increased geopolitical risk. The volatility seems extreme after last year’s low-volatility environment, but I think it’s just returning closer to long-term, normal levels.
When there’s turmoil in one part of emerging markets, it’s easy to associate those risk factors with all EM countries. But not all are the same, nor are they affected by the same risks. Many factors are country specific. I’m keeping a close eye on Argentina, Turkey, Mexico and Brazil, each of which have distinctive risks.
Yes, the current EM debt environment is volatile. But I believe there may be attractive opportunities for active managers in the turmoil. Find out what I’m focusing on for the second half of 2018 in the video below.
Munis still have a way to go to reach their pre-COVID-19 spread levels, suggesting the asset class may still offer value.
New investment opportunities in emerging markets (EM) are resulting from the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on consumer behavior.
Sr. Portfolio Manager Margé Karner sees attractive options for active managers headed into the second half of 2018, despite volatility.
June 28, 2018
Will 2018 be another positive year for Emerging Market Debt? VP & Sr. Emerging Market Debt Portfolio Manager Marge Karner believes the landscape looks constructive, but there are potential concerns about complacency and valuations becoming stretched.
April 11, 2018
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