UPDATE 1-Emerging market net capital flow negative in 2015 -IIF

jueves 1 de octubre de 2015 09:10 GYT

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By Karin Strohecker

LONDON Oct 1 (Reuters) - Net capital flows to emerging markets will be negative this year for the first time since 1988, with foreign investment halving from last year and heavy outflows from residents, the Institute of International Finance said on Thursday.

Foreign investment flows are expected to total $548 billion in 2015 compared to $1,074 billion last year, the IIF said in a report. That is equivalent to just 2 percent of developing countries' gross domestic product, down from a high of almost 8 percent in 2007, the global finance industry body said.

"(The) decline has been driven by a sustained slowdown in EM growth, and in particular by uncertainty about China's economy amid continuing concerns about the impact of the Fed's eventual turn to raise U.S. interest rates," the IIF said.

"(The) slowdown represents a marked intensification of trends that have been underway since 2012, making the current episode feel more like a lengthening drought rather than a crisis event."

Emerging markets are suffering heavy falls in stock, currency and bond markets. Investors have been fleeing equity and bond funds in droves while bricks-and-mortar foreign direct investment, or FDI, is shrinking as these economies slow.

Outflows from emerging stock and bond funds is approaching $100 billion, Bank of America Merrill Lynch said recently. But IIF data is broader in its scope, taking into account foreign direct investment, bank lending as well as portfolio flows.

The report is based on data from 30 emerging economies.   Continuación...