Emerging Market Links + The Week Ahead (May 23, 2022)
Inflation returns to Latin America, 10 charts that explain Russia, supply chain woes send Japanese manufacturers home, Colombia elections and the week ahead for emerging markets.
Inflation is returning to Latin America, but the region may prove to be a winner as supply chain woes deepen. The same woes and a weaker Yen are also encouraging Japanese manufacturers to leave China, SE Asia and Russia to return home.
Meanwhile, the crisis in Sri Lanka deepens while South Africa’s deteriorating rail infrastructure means the country cannot take advantage of the fallout from Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine.
Finally, Presidential elections will be held in Colombia on May 29, 2022. If no candidate receives a majority of the vote, a second round of voting will be held on 19 June. There is an updated list of Colombian ADRs (plus other resources for investing in the country) here and ETFs here.
Check out our emerging market ETF lists, ADR lists and closed-end fund lists (also see our site map + list update status as the lists are still being updated as of May 2022) along with our general EM investing tips / advice. All links to emerging market newspapers, investment firms, blogs and other helpful investing resources at the bottom of www.emergingmarketskeptic.com or on the menu under Resources have been update.
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How the Colombia election could change Latin America (Financial Times) $ (12ft.io Non-Paywall Link)
Former guerrilla Gustavo Petro, favourite to win the presidency, wants to rethink the ‘war on drugs’ and restore ties with Venezuela
Populist outsider shakes up Colombia’s presidential election (Financial Times) $ (12ft.io Non-Paywall Link)
Polls suggest businessman Rodolfo Hernández would pose threat to leftist favourite Gustavo Petro in a run-off
Memories of the 1980s and 1990s loom as prices rise at the fastest pace in two decades…
TRANSNET Freight Rail (TFR) has lost more than 15 million tons of freight volumes in the year ending March 31, after declaring force majeure due to irregular locomotive acquisition, maintenance problems and massive cable theft on its coal line.
This will be a blow for South Africa’s biggest coal exporters, who have already lost billions of rands in export opportunities due to Transnet’s poor rail performance.
Sri Lanka’s PM outlines the crisis his country faces (and many other FMs or EMs will soon face) in a series of Tweets:
Yen, Supply Chain Chaos Send Japan Manufacturers Home (Bloomberg via Yahoo)
According to Imamura [Tokyo Steel Manufacturing MD], more Japanese companies are shifting operations out of China, Southeast Asia and Russia. The move to build new plants in their home country is fueling demand for steel used in construction, with the company receiving nearly 30 orders related to such switches, he said.
Supply chains are never returning to ‘normal’ (FreightWaves)
Latin America will become a big winner, as it benefits greatly from having direct land transportation networks with North America and seas that are well protected by the U.S. Navy.
Free trade is dead, welcome to ‘Freedom Trade’ (FreightWaves)
American enterprises and consumers should move away from Chinese dependency and demand that supply chains are orientated toward what I call the “Freedom Trade,” a system built on the idea that the rule of law, domestic free markets, human rights, and environmental standards are necessary for global prosperity and peace. Supply chains operate best when there is predictability and peace – and the only way to guarantee this is to ensure that countries operate within the Freedom Trade system.
FLASHBACK: 10 Charts That Explain Russia (Forbes)
According to Russia Derangement Syndrome confounds western thinking (ZeroHedge): "In 2015, Forbes contributor Mark Adomanis published an article “10 Charts that Explain Russia” [WEB ARCHIVE]. Adomanis was careful not to add any positive or approving language of his own, but simply presented data that showed positive trends in Russian economy and society. In fact, Adomanis’ language was quite defensive: “Some people find this impossible to accept. They ‘know’ that Putin’s malevolence, corruption, and incompetence have spilled over into every corner of Russian society...” But for the offence of violating the fatwa “thou shalt not speak positively about Russia” Adomanis’ article was promptly flushed down the memory hole. 404-file not found."
IF you are like me and like dividends, this is an interesting table with a few international (mainly Japanese) names:
Note: Investing.com has a full calendar for most global exchanges BUT you may need an Investing.com account, then hit “Filter,” and select the countries you wish to see company earnings from. Otherwise, purple (below) are upcoming earnings for US listed international stocks (Finviz.com):
Click here for a full weekly calendar from Investing.com (my filter excludes USA, Canada, EU, Australia & NZ). Some frontier and emerging market highlights:
Frontier and emerging market highlights (from IFES’s Election Guide calendar):
“We intend to pursue prospective targets in the transportation industry with a focus on companiesin North America, Europe and Asia. We expect to acquire one or more growth businesses with a total enterprise value of between $200 million and $600 million. (Incorporated in Delaware)
Our search for a target business will include those involved in (i) battery or charging businesses, technology and software, (ii) auto pilot drive and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) related businesses, including both hardware and software, and (iii) general microchip design and production and technology.
Our sponsor and certain members of our board of directors and management have significant business ties to the People’s Republic of China, including Hong Kong…”
Climate change and ESG are clearly the latest flavors of the month for most new ETFs. Nevertheless, here are some new frontier and emerging market focused ETFs:
4/21/2022 - FlexShares ESG & Climate Emerging Markets Core Index Fund FEEM - Passive, equity, ESG
4/6/2022 - India Internet & Ecommerce ETF INQQ - Passive, equity, thematic
2/17/2022 - VanEck Digital India ETF DGIN - Passive, India market, thematic
2/17/2022 - Goldman Sachs Access Emerging Markets USD Bond ETF GEMD - Passive, fixed income, emerging markets
1/27/2022 - iShares MSCI China Multisector Tech ETF TCHI - Passive, China, technology
1/11/2022 - Simplify Emerging Markets PLUS Downside Convexity ETF EMGD - Active, equity, options strategy
1/11/2022 - SPDR Bloomberg SASB Emerging Markets ESG Select ETF REMG - Passive, equity, ESG
Frontier and emerging market highlights:
5/3/2022 - ProShares Short Term USD Emerging Markets Bond ETF EMSH
4/7/2022 - DeltaShares S&P EM 100 & Managed Risk ETF DMRE
3/11/2022 - Direxion Daily Russia Bull 2X Shares RUSL
1/27/2022 - Legg Mason Global Infrastructure ETF INFR
1/14/2022 - Direxion Daily Latin America Bull 2X Shares LBJ
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