Turkey and South Africa are worrying emerging markets: S&P Moritz Kraemer


Many emerging market economies, particularly Turkey and South Africa, haven’t taken full advantage of global liquidity to clean up their sovereign balance sheets, S&P Global Ratings warned on Friday.

“Several governments have been using this easy funding time to actually take their eyes off the ball a little bit on macroeconomic stability issues and focusing more on policies that have a more immediate political payoff domestically,” said the rating agency’s sovereign global chief ratings officer Moritz Kraemer, referring to the loose monetary policies of global central banks.

That domestic political risk is present in several developing countries, which have not taken the opportunity to pay down leverage and debt, Kraemer told CNBC on the sidelines of the International Monetary Fund meetings in Washington D.C.

Turkey and South Africa are two key examples of that trend, he said.

“That’s partly explained by the fact that conditions are so benign globally now that you get away with it,” Kraemer said. “There’s quite a bit of runway left for countries to continue accumulating debt while rates are so low, and that’s a concern for us.”

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