Colombian stocks have had a dismal run. The Global X FTSE Colombia 20 ETF (GXG) is off 14.1% in the past year, but the South American country’s sovereign debt got a lift Thursday on news of it possibly seeing a large footprint in some major emerging markets bond indices.
J.P. Morgan said it plans to increase Colombia’s weighting in the GBI-EM Global Diversified Index to 8.05% from 3.24% while the country’s weight in the GBI-EM Global Index could more than triple to 5.6% from 1.81%, Andrea Jaramillo reports for Bloomberg.
The iShares J.P. Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond ETF (EMB), the largest emerging markets bond ETF, tracks a J.P. Morgan index, though not one of the aforementioned. Plus, EMB tracks dollar-denominated emerging markets bonds, but Colombia is EMB’s seventh-largest country weigh at 4.7%.
The iShares Emerging Markets Local Currency Bond ETF (LEMB) allocates over the 4% of its weight to peso-denominated bonds, but the $564.1 million ETF tracks the Barclays Emerging Markets Broad Local Currency Bond Index.
Colombia occupies a 4.5% weight in the Emerging Markets Aggregate Bond ETF (EMAG) while peso-denominated bonds account for 3.2% of the $822.3 million Market Vectors Emerging Markets Local Currency Bond ETF (NYSEArca: EMLC) . The actively managed WisdomTree Emerging Markets Local Debt Fund (ELD) has an almost 3.6% weight to peso debt.
In December , Fitch Ratings upgraded its long-term foreign issuer default rating on Colombia, South America’s second-largest economy, to BBB from BBB-. The ratings agency also made the same move on Colombia’s senior unsecured foreign bonds. Colombia’s debt-to-GDP ratio of 37.1% is impressive, particularly when measured against developed markets and peer emerging markets. [Colombia Gets Ratings Upgrade]
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