Emerging perspectives

Emerging Market Debt Indicator November 2021

Find out what Chile’s first-round presidential election result means for investors, and – as always – read about recent developments across the EM sovereign debt universe and our outlook.

Dec 6, 2021

18 minutes

EMD Team
Find out what Chile’s first-round presidential election result means for investors, and – as always – read about recent developments across the EM sovereign debt universe and our outlook.

This edition includes:

  • Market background
  • Top-down views and outlook for the asset class
  • Insights from the team:
    Chilean politics and beyond: key considerations for investors
    Hear from our expert on Latin America, Nicolas Jaquier, on what Chile’s first-round presidential election result means for investors, and read Nicolas’ summary of the fiscal, monetary and ESG dynamics in the country.
  • Regional highlights
    Read our EM debt team’s overview of November’s market developments across the EM sovereign debt universe.


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The fast view

Market background
It was a weaker month for EM fixed income and currency markets. Rising inflation pushed up US Treasury yields before they reversed course after news broke of the Omicron COVID variant, with similar sharp shifts happening across financial markets.

Africa
Egypt responded to concerns over further dollar bond issuance by securing external funding, including US$3 billion in bank loans to fund ESG projects. In Kenya, tourism has been slowly improving, remittances are at record levels, and the economy has rebounded strongly as lockdowns have eased.

Asia
Most of the region continues to embrace a ‘living with the virus’ approach to COVID-19, but China, Hong Kong and Taiwan continue to adopt a zero-tolerance approach. Inflation has risen slightly in the region but remains relatively benign. High vaccination rates have lifted Singapore’s growth outlook.

Latin America
Central banks in the region continue to react to inflation, but it may be close to peaking in some countries. Investors welcomed election results in Chile and Argentina, but the appointment of a relatively unknown candidate as central bank governor in Mexico weighed on sentiment.

Central and Eastern Europe
Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic all aggressively hiked interest rates during the month. Poland’s national bank surprised the market with a bigger-than-expected rate rise, leading to a sell-off in the country’s local currency bonds.

Rest of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA)
The Turkish central bank announced a further interest rate cut, causing the lira to sell off. Elsewhere, tensions between Russia and neighbouring Ukraine intensified during the month, and Omicron variant news weighed on South African assets.

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EMD Team

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