For some investors, talk of higher interest rates in the U.S. rumbling Asian equity markets is so 2013.
Three years ago, emerging market assets tanked after the U.S. Federal Reserve first broached its plan to begin tapering its asset purchases in a period described as a "taper tantrum." This time around, the Fed's clear signals of impending interest rate hikes have largely been shrugged off.
"In the normal run of things you might be thinking that a stronger U.S. dollar is not good news for this region," Graham Harman, senior investment strategist for Asia-Pacific at Russell Investments, told CNBC's "Street Signs" on Tuesday. Russell Investments had around $242.26 billion under management at the end of March.
A stronger dollar generally would make it more difficult for many borrowers within Asia to service dollar-denominated debts. Additionally, a strengthening dollar also usually would indicate that funds were flowing out of the region as greenback-denominated assets become more attractive.
But Harman noted that markets have been relatively sanguine.
"We have a situation where in a world of expensive developed markets, in a world where interest rates are sort of zero or negative across the developed world, Asia Pacific and emerging markets are one area where we have positive tailwinds, where inflation is enabling rates to continue to drop from high levels and where price-to-earnings ratios are probably at about a 30 percent discount to the developed world," Harman said. "That's a pretty good start in terms of the investment arithmetic."
Markets have begun pricing in a changing outlook for monetary policy following the Jackson Hole, Wyoming conclave for central bankers held last week.
At the meeting, Fed Chair Janet Yellen's speech opened the door to a September hike when she said the case for a rate increase had strengthened in recent months. Until then, many market players had poo-pooed chances that the Fed would hike this year or next.
Fed Vice Chair Stanley Fischer further pushed the Fed's September meeting into play when he said in a CNBC interview that Yellen's comments were consistent with a Fed that could hike rates at the Federal Open Market Committee meeting on September 20-21, and potentially a second time this year as well.