Emerging market equities slumped on Friday, following a dramatic slide for the Turkish lira as investors feared the country’s currency crisis could spread to global markets.
The Turkish lira
which was already weakening against the dollar as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to fight an “economic war,” extended its slide after President Donald Trump doubled tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Turkey.
On Friday late-morning Eastern U.S. time, the dollar bought 6.447 lira, up 16% from late Thursday, off its deepest losses of the day. The currency has weakened 74% against the dollar since the start of the year.
The iShares MSCI Turkey ETF
plummeted as low as 20% on Friday, though recovered to trade 17% lower.
The iShares MSCI South Africa ETF
dropped 4.8%, the iShares MSCI Brazil ETF
fell 3.3%. Meanwhile, the iShares MSCI Mexico ETF
fell 2.6% and the VanEck Vectors Russian ETF
In Asia, China and India ETFs were also down, but less severely. The iShares MSCI China ETF
and the iShares MSCI India ETF
were each down 1%.
The Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF
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