Strengthening of US dollar fails to impact investment in emerging markets


Andrew Dalrymple a veteran specialist in emerging markets refutes the misconception that the strengthening of the US dollar has an adverse impact on investment in emerging markets.

1 In November 2016 many investors turned away from funds that focus on debt, and with that a ground-breaking value of 6.6m USD was stripped away from emerging market funds.

Despite the above, Andrew takes a view that few emerging market companies rely on the US dollar debt and therefore few have been affected.

Andrew Dalrymple said “Dollar strength is usually regarded as the death knell for Emerging Markets, a view that we would contest strongly.  It is widely believed that Emerging Market corporates rely on US Dollar debt on a widespread basis.  The reality is that very few Asian and EM companies actually finance to any material extent in foreign currencies.  For example, only 6% of Chinese corporate debt is denominated in US Dollars.  The fears of a wholesale currency mismatch are a hangover from the late 1990s “Asian Crisis,” and are simply incorrect.”

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Footnotes

1 Bloomberg: The Emerging Markets' Dollar Problem https://www.bloomberg.com/gadfly/articles/2016-11-18/emerging-market-borrowers-have-a-big-dollar-problem

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