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Guide to emerging market debt funds
Emerging market debt was historically a small part of bond markets, as primary issuance was limited, data quality was poor, markets were illiquid and crises were a regular occurrence.
However, since the advent of the Brady Plan in the 1980s, which saw loans to mostly Latin American countries that had defaulted on their debt converted into a variety of bonds, issuance has increased dramatically.
But what type of investor should be considering Emerging Market Debt funds? What drives the performance of these vehicles?
FTAdviser’s Guide to Emerging Market Debt funds tackles the different types of emerging market debt, the pros and cons of such vehicles and how long investors should hold on to such schemes for.
Answers supplied by Rob Drijkoningen, head of global emerging markets for ING Investment Management, and Brett Diment, head of emerging markets on the fixed income team at Aberdeen Asset Management.
IN THIS GUIDE
Debt instruments of emerging markets, known as emerging market debt, have evolved as an asset class over the last two decades.
Emerging market debt can be distinguished into external and domestic debt.
A true stress test, solidifying the success of emerging market growth and reform momentum, was the financial crisis of the last decade.
Endogenous factors such as higher productivity growth and favourable demographics have enhanced the catch up of emerging markets.
From an asset allocation perspective, emerging market bonds provide important diversification benefits to fixed income and equity portfolios.
The duration of emerging sovereign bonds is about seven years, which is higher than developed market government and credit indices.
An investor who is looking for credits of a particular quality finds plenty of opportunities within the emerging market debt space.