Nigeria Among Emerging Markets Attracting Big-Money Investors Amid Structural Shift


LONDON, May 23 – Large global investors are increasingly channeling funds into emerging markets like Nigeria, reflecting a structural shift in investment strategies, according to David Hauner, head of global emerging markets fixed income strategy at Bank of America.

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Hauner revealed that significant global fixed income funds are placing substantial bets in key emerging markets, highlighting a move away from dedicated emerging market funds towards more targeted investments.

Countries with strong growth or reform narratives, such as Mexico, Brazil, Turkey, India, and Poland, are major beneficiaries. Short-term investments in Egypt and Nigeria have also gained popularity among investors.

“I think that is the beginning of a structural story,” Hauner said, emphasizing that investors now prefer specific country exposures over index products that bundle diverse emerging market assets. This shift has led to outflows from traditional emerging market funds while crossover investments are increasing—a phenomenon Hauner described as unprecedented.

The trend suggests investors are rewarding nations implementing challenging reforms like currency devaluations and subsidy cuts to stabilize their economies. This shift in investment patterns contradicts EPFR data showing $5 billion in outflows from emerging market debt funds, excluding China, since the beginning of the year.

Hauner noted that no single data point captures these investments fully. EPFR data primarily reflects exchange-traded and mutual funds with a set mix of emerging markets, often dominated by China. However, as economic fortunes diverge among developing countries, investors are increasingly seeking targeted investments in select markets rather than broad-based funds.

Alejandro Arevalo, head of emerging market debt at Jupiter Asset Management, pointed out that the strong performance of economies like Mexico, India, and Vietnam has made them investor favorites. “Money has been flowing into these countries,” Arevalo said, noting their success in combating inflation and capitalizing on U.S.-China trade tensions.

Hauner highlighted “puzzle pieces” that illustrate the current cash flows, such as Institute of International Finance (IIF) data showing foreigners added about $32.7 billion to their emerging market portfolios in March, marking the fifth consecutive month of net inflows.

The rally in high-yield bonds from Egypt to Pakistan and the market’s absorption of substantial bond issuance from countries like Turkey and Ivory Coast further support the view of increasing inflows.

“This reflects that EMs are growing up and that global debt investors want a fair share of exposure,” Hauner said. “They’re more stable than they used to be and yet they’re offering quite attractive yields.”

Godwin Okafor
Godwin Okafor
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