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It is here again - the VIX spike!

Market Commentary

28 February 2020



The VIX index has spiked. Over more than twenty years, VIX spikes have been excellent guides to when to put money to work in EM fixed income and equities. Investors have, on average, generated 262bps of excess return in EM fixed income and 234bps of excess return in EM equities by putting money to work during VIX spikes relative to a ‘timing agnostic’ investment strategy. This time the trigger of the VIX spike was coronavirus. In this article we discuss how we see the outbreak impacting global growth as well as EM economies compared to developed countries.

 

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