Author: Win Thin

Emerging Market Equity Allocation Model for Q2 2014

Emerging Market Equity Allocation Model for Q2 2014

We view Q1 2014 as a potential turning point for EM this year, just as the May 22 Bernanke speech on tapering was last year. In recent weeks, EM has digested the start of Fed tapering, devaluations in Argentina and Kazakhstan, the Crimean crisis, a deeper than expected China slowdown coupled with a shift in its FX regime, and now potentially earlier than anticipated Fed rate hikes.

PBOC Announces CNY Band-Widening

PBOC Announces CNY Band-Widening

The PBOC announced a band-widening for USD/CNY over the weekend, doubling the allowable band around the fix rate to +/- 2%. Off of Friday’s fix, the new band is 6.01-6.26 vs. 6.07-6.20 previously. The USD/CNY band was last widened in April 2012 from +/- 0.5%, and before that in May 2007 from +/- 0.3%.

EM Preview: The Crimean crisis threatens to escalate

EM Preview: The Crimean crisis threatens to escalate

By Win Thin and Ilan Solot The Crimean crisis threatens to escalate again this week. Russian forces in Crimea have been increased and they are consolidating their control of Crimea. This involves neutralizing Ukrainian bases in Crimea and getting control of communication and transportation, as well as securing borders. After […]

Another Short History Lesson On Russia and Ukraine

Another Short History Lesson On Russia and Ukraine

By WIn Thin Parallels have already been drawn between current events in Ukraine and the Russian-Georgian conflict of 2008. These parallels are unmistakable, yet the one big difference so far is that Ukraine has taken care not to give Russia any excuse to engage in a full-scale invasion to other […]

A Short History Lesson On Ukraine and Crimea

A Short History Lesson On Ukraine and Crimea

By Win Thin A little history lesson about Ukraine and Crimea may help put recent developments into better perspective. What emerges is a very clear understanding of why both Russia and Ukraine feel that they each have historical precedent to support their positions: Russia believes Ukraine is part of Russia, […]

No near-term currency regime change in China

No near-term currency regime change in China

Spot USD/CNY closed above the fix today for the first time since September 2012. Other factors are at work in China currently, making it even harder to read the true intentions of Chinese policymakers. All of these developments come against a backdrop of slowing growth.

The carry trade, emerging markets and Japanese retail investors

The carry trade, emerging markets and Japanese retail investors

The share of EM-denominated Uridashi bonds has increased steadily from less than 10% in 2006 to nearly 55% in both 2012 and 2013. So far in 2014, that EM share has risen to over 60%. It is clear that the growth in EM Uridashi issuance has really come at the expense of DM stalwarts AUD and NZD. The share of these two currencies of total non-JPY Uridashi issuance was nearly 75% in 2008, but has steadily fallen to less than 30% in 2013 and to nearly 20% so far in 2014. This shouldn’t be too surprising, since AUD and NZD interest rates currently stand at historic lows after aggressive easing cycles in both countries.

Argentina – From Bad to Worse

Argentina – From Bad to Worse

We appear to be on the cusp of a more serious crisis in Argentina, as things are moving from bad to worse. Spot ARS has dropped as much as 20% earlier today, while the implied “blue chip” FX rate has fallen nearly 10% over the past two days. The central […]

EM Preview For the Week Ahead: 2014-01-13

EM Preview For the Week Ahead: 2014-01-13

By Win Thin and Ilan Solot Despite the growing tensions in Thailand and the risk of military involvement, equity indices stared off the week higher and THB stable. There is some optimism that a possible delay to the February 2 vote could open up space for some sort of compromise. […]