Returns from emerging markets are best when headlines are worst

June 28, 2019

BY Alexander Kalis

Returns from emerging markets are best when headlines are worst

Ashmore crunches 20 years of news to find that media ‘frenzies’ are good opportunities

Number-crunching by Ashmore suggests the best time to buy EM assets is during media blitzes — all driven by bad news — while the worst is when the EM world is so tranquil it barely garners a column inch. Their analysis suggests an investor who bought only during these periods (and left the money invested) would have received excess returns of more than 10 percentage points a year from EM equities, on top of the underlying profits of 4.1 per cent from a “media-agnostic” strategy of constantly drip-feeding money into the market. EM bonds, too, would have offered significant out-performance.

Hong Kong stocks’ widening discounts leads to increased buying from mainland traders

  • Southbound investments via the stock connect schemes in June are headed for the highest level this year
  • Gauge compiled by Hang Seng Bank shows that Chinese equities are almost 30 per cent more expensive than their Hong Kong counterparts

Hong Kong stocks now have a potential price catalyst: a widening discount to shares on the Chinese mainland’s exchanges.


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