Fund managers maintain record underweight on emerging markets

feBureau Posted online: Thursday, Jan 23, 2014 at 0000 hrs
Mumbai : While global fund managers have maintained an overweight stance on equities, they further increased underweight on emerging market stocks despite acknowledging bullish growth expectations on the region, shows a recent fund managers’ survey by BofAML.

As the possibility of a hard landing in China or a crash in commodity prices was seen as the biggest ‘tail risk’ by investors, the net underweight on EMs stood at 15%, as per they January survey. “Our global FMS shows that rarely have such bullish growth expectations been mixed with such bleak EM weightings,” said a note by the brokerage.

The survey, however, highlighted that it may be a good news that the global emerging markets (GEM) are viewed as the most undervalued region globally. The survey noted that number of fund managers that termed profit outlook in EMs as “least favuorable” touched a record high. Separately, both, EM and Asia group of fund managers increased their underweight on India and Brazil while keeping an overweight stand on Russia among the BRICS markets.