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The rand and four other currencies that are most exposed to emerging-market rout

Jun 11 2018 14:42
Srinivasan Sivabalan, Bloomberg

Derivative traders are hedging their bets on five emerging markets where they see the greatest probability of declines in the next month.

The currencies of Turkey, Brazil, Mexico, Russia and South Africa are seeing the world’s biggest increases in their implied volatility gauges this quarter, amid the worst period for developing-nation currencies since China’s shock devaluation in the third quarter of 2015.

Options traders’ expectations for swings in emerging-market currencies have risen to the highest level since March 2017, sending a volatility gauge by JPMorgan Chase & Co to its worst first half since 2013.

Most of the increase has come from currencies in Latin America, Emerging Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

  • The worst-hit is Turkey’s lira, which saw its measure of one-month implied volatility jump 159% and trade near the highest level since January 2009.
  • Brazil’s volatility gauge climbed 72%, near a one-year high.
  • A gauge of swings in Mexican peso are up 68%, the steepest since November 2016.
  • Rouble volatility is 49% higher this quarter, the highest since Russia’s emergency rate hike in 2014.
  • The rand saw a volatility gain of 42%, the biggest quarterly increase since June 2013.

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