MLP funds’ capital inflow has recovered slightly in recent quarters compared to the second half of 2015.
MLP-focused funds underperformed the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) in the recent quarter.
Emerging markets have done well this year and should continue to attract investor interest around the globe. Latin America is leading year-to-date.
The Barbell strategy involves putting half your portfolio in defensive, low-beta sectors or assets and the other half in aggressive, high-beta sectors or assets.
Emerging market debt can be a great source of income potential in a diversified portfolio, provided you can manage it during a period of extreme volatility.
The VanEck Vectors EM Local Currency Bond ETF (EMLC) could be a good entry point after it took a hit following rising interest rates and volatility in the US dollar.
You have two options when it comes to investing in emerging market bonds—hard currency bonds and local bonds.
Investors are stepping back into emerging market bonds after removing billions of dollars from emerging markets in 2016.
Strong investor interest in emerging market debt has continued despite adverse political and economic issues in some countries.
According to a recent BofA Merrill Lynch Global Investment strategy report, emerging markets are expected to grow at a modest pace of 4.7% in 2017.
Negative bond yields in Japan and low Fed funds rates in the United States and the Eurozone were one reason emerging market bonds performed well in 2016.
Since the US presidential election, emerging markets have bounced back as though the election never happened.
Gold demand fell 10% in 3Q16, according to the World Gold Council. Gold ETPs have been the only gainers.
The trade-weighted US dollar index, or the broad index, which measures the value of U.S. dollar against other world currencies, was up 1.2% when Donald Trump was declared president-elect.
Investors looking for opportunities in fallen angel bonds can look at the VanEck Vectors Fallen Angel High Yield Bond ETF (ANGL).
Hungary’s credit upgrades to “investment-grade” (FLTR) opened doors for investors tracking low-risk benchmarks.
Although Hungary and Turkey credit spreads were at similar levels and generally moved together through 2014, these spreads began to diverge in early 2015.
The Turkish lira plunged to record lows against the dollar following its downgrade by Moody’s and S&P, who cited increased political instability as well as geopolitical stresses and turbulence.
In recent years, emerging market (EMLC) (HYEM) ratings have improved considerably due to the strengthening macroeconomic framework as well as years of reforms.
MLP funds’ capital inflows have recovered in 2016 from levels in 2H15. But overall capital inflows are lower than the seven-year average of $2.8 billion.