Bargain Hunters Starting to Take a Close Look at Emerging Market Debt, Says Market Vectors’ Fran Rodilosso

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Bargain hunters are slowly moving back into emerging market (EM) debt, with local currency funds recently seeing their first net inflows in more than nine months, says Fran Rodilosso, fixed income portfolio manager for Market Vectors ETFs.

“Investors have stopped the wholesale selling and are starting to ask themselves where they can find value in EM debt,” said Mr. Rodilosso. “I think there are many places to look for opportunities – hard currency or local market, investment grade or high yield, sovereign debt or corporates. This suggests sentiment may be turning.”

Mr. Rodilosso notes that, in spite of the positive flows, there are still reasons to remain cautious, as recent troubles with Russia and Ukraine demonstrate. In addition, China remains a perennial worry for many investors, who cite that country’s slower growth, excessive leverage, liquidity squeezes, and weakening currency as evidence of potential future trouble.

“There has been a lot of attention paid to recent corporate defaults in China,” Mr. Rodilosso says, pointing out that, to date, these are few in number and involve smaller companies. “We expect to see more of these and accept it as a part of the rationalization of the local market and the normalization of the flow of capital. There is a long way to go, and those EM debt investors who want to avoid exposure to China may find ample opportunities elsewhere.”

Mr. Rodilosso has over 20 years of experience trading and managing risk in fixed income investment strategies, including more than 17 years covering emerging markets. Among the Market Vectors ETFs under his watch are Investment Grade Floating Rate ETF (NYSE Arca: FLTR®), Treasury-Hedged High Yield Bond ETF (NYSE Arca: THHYTM), Emerging Markets Aggregate Bond ETF (NYSE Arca: EMAGTM), Emerging Markets High Yield Bond ETF (NYSE Arca: HYEM®), Emerging Markets Local Currency Bond ETF (NYSE Arca: EMLC®), Fallen Angel High Yield Bond ETF (NYSE Arca: ANGL®), International High Yield Bond ETF (NYSE Arca: IHY®), and Renminbi Bond ETF (NYSE Arca: CHLC®). As of February 28, 2014 the total assets for these ETFs amounted to approximately $1.4 billion.

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