EM Fixed Income: Cross currents bring risks and opportunities
What will inflation, pandemic developments and global policy responses mean for emerging market fixed income as we move through the first quarter and beyond?
- Global growth, global trade and commodity prices are amongst the most important global factors affecting EM economies and influencing EM asset prices – what do we expect in 2022?
- The outlook for Q1 2022 is still cloudy, even though the entry level into the asset class has become attractive for both FX and yields.
- Currencies are undervalued by historical standards, while advanced hiking cycles in many countries have restored yield support for currencies (particularly in Russia and Brazil).
- We are only cautiously optimistic on the market given that the continuing disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic and persistent global inflation create unexpected political slipovers.
- Economic slowdown in China and the looming start of the rate hikes in the US are the main global headwinds for the beginning of the year.
- We expect the main world economic centers to grow at a healthy pace in 2022, with lower/stable inflation (US, EU/ China) as the year goes by.
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