Why One Trader Thinks Emerging Markets Are About To Get Slammed

While so far the rout from the North Korea crisis has impacted global volatility first and foremost, with the VIX surging 50% (a rather pointless metric considering where the VIX was just days ago) on a modest drop in the S&P which earlier this week was making new all time highs, as massive short vol positions have been rapidly unwound, one trader believes the next place of impact is the sector which has so far emerged, so to say, largely unscathed from rising risk concerns: emerging markets, the clear outperformer so far in 2017.

In his latest overnight Macro View, Bloomberg's Mark Cudmore writes that "Rightly or Wrongly, EM to Bear the Brunt of Selloff", and considering the overnight plunge in Chinese stocks, which as discussed earlier just suffered their biggest drop of the year led by the commodity sector...

... he may be right.

His full note below.

Rightly or Wrongly, EM to Bear the Brunt of Selloff


During acute periods of risk-aversion, positioning dominates fundamentals. This is why some of the best structural investment stories can see the most painful corrections in the short-term. 


Emerging-market assets have been the rampant outperformers of 2017. The macro fundamental arguments for the vast majority of these assets remain in place: solid growth, high real yields, very cheap currencies, great demographics, an exploding middle- class, and exposure to a booming Chinese economy.


These are all long-term factors though and they provide little protection in a financial asset storm. Investors’ focus becomes dominated by risk-management and the profit-and-loss bottom line. Everything else is secondary.


The VIX has bounced to the level where it topped out in both April and May. Does that imply this current risk-aversion is almost over already? Not likely. Precisely because investors have been trained by the market resilience to not panic nor aggressively reduce exposure during corrections -- and that’s the reason they’ll be playing catch-up this time.


That lesson, to pause before reacting, has been particularly clear in EM, where the cost of chopping and churning is more expensive due to lower liquidity and wider bid-ask spreads.


EM market financial supports are being taken out left, right and center. Global equity markets, credit markets and even commodities are now getting hit. If that wasn’t doing enough damage to reduce risk appetite, the heightened prospect of a nuclear exchange will be in all the weekend papers.


For the two decades up to and including 2016, every single calendar year brought at least a 10% correction in the MSCI Emerging Markets Index. Why would 2017 be any different, especially when there are real reasons to worry?


GUS100CORRINA Stan522 Fri, 08/11/2017 - 07:58 Permalink

Why One Trader Thinks Emerging Markets Are About To Get SlammedMy response: Below is a chart tha should be of interest. for ETF SVXY. It does indeed look like we are now in a corrective phase that has the possibility of turning into a rout with latest CHINA headlines.Daily  ==-> http://www.finviz.com/quote.ashx?t=SVXYMonthly => http://www.finviz.com/quote.ashx?t=SVXY&ty=c&ta=0&p=mSVXY going to 20 is not out of the realm of possibilities.SVXY going to 20 would imply the the RUSSELL 2000 is about to get clobbered along with other markets.The week ahead should be interesting.

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Fake Trump Fri, 08/11/2017 - 07:43 Permalink

Let's see the US markets today to see if they have digested the fire and fury. If not, next week will be an inferno as anything can happen during the weekend. 

goldoverbtc Fri, 08/11/2017 - 08:08 Permalink

Emerging markets will get slammed, everything will be slammed when WW 3 kicks off.  Look at the you tube channels from CGTN and India Today.  WW 3 seems a lot closer than we think.  Our MSM is completely silent on the India/ CHina side.  Both countries are in the emerging market index, and they are the biggest factors in alot of the EM funds.www.escapeamazon.com 

Vardaman Fri, 08/11/2017 - 08:18 Permalink

Emerging markets are an unscrubbed toilet that "investment counselors-firms-etc" claim will become bowls of ambrosia at any moment.  Nah...

Consuelo Fri, 08/11/2017 - 10:31 Permalink

  'Emerging Markets'...Remdial translation: China.Further drilling down:China-is-going-to-implode-at-any-moment-$USD-remains-$King-Forever-&-Ever-Amen, since 2008...