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The Dollar and Emerging Markets

By Advisor Perspectives
Capital Markets, Financial Services

Key points:

  • The value of the U.S. dollar has climbed since April, and its rise has been one of the biggest drivers of asset performance in 2018. The stronger dollar is both a consequence of, and catalyst for, tighter financial conditions.
  • The impact has been felt most severely within emerging markets (EMs), although escalating trade tensions have played a role in EM performance. As a result, EM assets have cheapened considerably year-to-date. But rising dispersion underscores the need for selectivity, in our view.
  • We now see limited upside for the U.S. dollar and expect currencies to remain stable for the rest of 2018 barring a material escalation of trade risks.
  • We are constructive on EM equities, with a preference for EM Asia. We see cheap EM valuations, strong earnings growth, and investor underpositioning supporting inflows and equity performance for the remainder of 2018.

Read more at Advisor Perspectives.

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