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Emerging market corporate bonds

Over the past 20 years, emerging markets have come into their own and now offer investors a distinct, diverse, and mature asset class full of exciting and attractive investment prospects.

Diversified exposure to some of the world’s most dynamic regions

Emerging markets account for almost 60% of global GDP. Their economies continue to grow at a faster rate than their developed peers. Debt crises or currency shocks occur less frequently these days and are not as liable to spread via contagion as they once were. Today, countries classified as emerging – from Latin America, Europe, Asia, and elsewhere – boast robust institutions and stable markets.

Corporate bonds can offer an exciting and potentially lucrative way to gain access to these markets. The universe of emerging market debt (EMD) is highly diverse, not just across sectors and regions, but also in terms of issuer rating and company size. It features everything from quasi-sovereign commodity giants to manufacturing conglomerates or consumer companies – and presents a rich field from which to build well-constructed and diversified portfolios, including solutions concentrating on specific regions or ratings.

Why us?

We recognized the potential in this asset class early on. For this reason, as the asset class matured over the past decades, we did not need to play catch-up because we already had our capacities and capabilities in place – an advantage we have kept and intend to maintain.

Today, we can offer investors broad exposure to different emerging market corporate bond strategies with an emphasis on hard currencies. Covering global emerging markets as well as specific regions such as Latin America and Asia, the strategies have strong track records against both the benchmark and peer group. Our highly experienced, 15-person investment management team based in Zurich, Singapore, and Hong Kong pursues a disciplined investment approach that combines top-down and bottom-up analysis – looking at both the big economic picture and individual issuers – to deliver portfolios that are well diversified across regions, countries, and sectors.
 

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