Emerging Market Update September 2008

by | Sep 20, 2008 | Multi Currency Investing

This is a summary of the August to September 2008 Emerging Market Value Review of Michael Keppler’s market valuations.

Recent Developments & Outlook

In August, the Emerging Markets equities suffered their third consecutive monthly decline. The Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) Emerging Markets Total Return Index (with net dividends reinvested) lost 8 % in US
dollars and 2.5 % in euros.

This global Emerging Markets equity benchmark is down Year-to-date 21.9% in US dollars and 22.4 % in euros.

Last month of the three regional indices, Asia declined least last month with a loss of 7.1 %, Latin America was down 8.3 % and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) declined 9.5 %.

Year-to-date, Latin America fared best in relative terms by losing 8.4 %, while EMEA and Asia declined 19.1 % and 28.1 %, respectively.

Performance numbers are in US dollars if not mentioned otherwise.

In August two markets rose and twenty-three markets declined.

The Philippines were the best performing emerging market last month with a gain of 1.7 %, while Thailand gained 1.6 % and Israel — the third best market
lost 0.6 %.

The biggest losers in August were Pakistan (-19.2 %), Russia (-14.6 %), and Korea (-13.8 %).

Year-to-date, four markets are up and twenty-one markets are down.

Morocco is leading this year with a strong 18.9 % gain, followed by Jordan (+11.2 %) and Argentina (+7.7 %).

The worst performers year-to-date have been Pakistan (-46.2 %), India (-38.2 %) and Korea (-31.9 %).

There is one change in our performance ratings this month: Colombia is downgraded to “Sell” from “Neutral”.

This does not affect the composition of the Top Value Model Portfolio, however, which contains the seven national MSCI markets Hungary, Korea, Malaysia, Poland, Taiwan, Thailand and Turkey at equal weights. According to our performance ratings, these markets offer the highest expectation of risk-adjusted returns for long-term investors.
According to our performance ratings, these markets offer the highest expectation of risk-adjusted returns for long-term investors

SELL CANDIDATES (Low Value) China , Colombia, Egypt , India , Indonesia , Jordan, Morocco.

NEUTRALLY RATED MARKETS Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Czech Republic, Israel, Mexico, Philippines, Pakistan, Peru, Russia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Venezuela,

Remember that the overall market value is just one of many filters we should use when we review value. The seven steps we use in our reviews include

1: Are the shares traded in a good value market?
#2: Does the share trade at fair Price to Earnings and Price to Cash Flow ratios?
#3: Does the share pay a good value dividend?
#4: Do the share have a good value relative to their previous price?
#5: Does the company have rising earnings?
#6: Has the share price been rising?
#7: Is the company’s management good and is their product or service line in a wave of the future

Michael Keppler also reminds investors not to misinterperate the investment analysis implicit in the Country Selection Strategy. A country is BUY-rated based on the valuation levels reflected in the MSCI benchmark index of country. A BUY rating therefore does NOT imply that any stock in that country would be considered an attractive investment.

To invest according to the Country Selection Strategy it is necessary to
construct diversified, risk-controlled, representative country portfolios in
every BUY rated country, weighting each country approximately equally in the
overall portfolio. It is not appropriate to instruct a stockbroker to simply to select stocks in the BUY rated countries.

For more details on Keppler’s analysis, contact Roderick Cameron at 1-212-245-4304 or email roderick.cameron@kamny.com



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