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By Patricia Ribeiro & Nathan Chaudoin - January 2019
During much of 2018–particularly Q3–exogenous events dominated emerging markets (EM) equity performance. Market leadership was defined less by earnings and instead by geopolitical concerns and U.S. dollar (USD) strength. Such a market environment, which runs contrary to our approach, drove our 2018 underperformance.
While last year’s market environment was challenging, we believe it created a substantial dislocation between stock price and company earnings, giving rise to opportunities heading into 2019.
Last year was a tough year for emerging markets. After gaining more than 8% in January, the backdrop quickly deteriorated, and EM struggled for the remainder of the year. Pro-cyclical fiscal expansion in the U.S. drove the U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) to hike rates and strengthen the USD. This, combined with a protectionist tilt in trade policies, put pressure on EM. Add the specific domestic political challenges in countries such as Turkey and Argentina, and we got the market turmoil of 2018.
January 2019 | Notes from the Emerging Markets Equity Desk
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2018 hasn't been kind to emerging markets. Sr. Portfolio Manager Patricia Ribeiro believes fears of contagion, which never materialized, caused the recent volatility. Read why she's still encouraged by opportunities.
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A change in Federal Reserve policy was beneficial for emerging markets. Find out where Sr. Portfolio Manager Patricia Ribeiro has seen positive shifts.
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