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    Invest for impact in emerging market debt

    Invest for impact in emerging market debt

    What is impact investing?
    A broad term used to refer to investment approaches that emphasise aiming for a positive environmental and/or social impact. It is for investors wanting to mobilise their capital to pursue not only financial returns, but also to further positive outcomes such as social inclusion, environmental sustainability, and communal prosperity.
    Why emerging market debt?
    Emerging market debt offers possibly the most powerful combination of potential for both financial returns and positive impact.
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    Whether considering the potential scale of impact investing, or the broad scope for positive change, emerging markets (EM) arguably offer an unparalleled opportunity for investors seeking to make an impact.

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    Whether considering the potential scale of impact investing, or the broad scope for positive change, emerging markets (EM) arguably offer an unparalleled opportunity for investors seeking to make an impact.

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    Simon Cooke, Portfolio manager
    Our approach
    Our Responsible Horizons EM Debt Impact strategy is deliberately broad-based, targeting the themes of people, planet and prosperity. We look beyond just green bonds, seeking to offer access to the entire impact opportunity set in public fixed income.

    ≥ 50%

    target investment in impact bonds

    ≥ 70%

    target investment in emerging market corporate debt

    Article 9

    SFDR classification

    Assured

    'Towards sustainability' label5

    READ MORE ABOUT OUR APPROACH

    Seeking measurable impact
    Targeting positive, measurable social and environmental impact aligned with the UN SDGs

    Impact alignment of strategy portfolio with UN SDGs 6

    We aim to report on the impact the strategy has achieved.

    Meet some of the team

    Our strategy draws on expertise from Insight's emerging market, credit research, and responsible investment teams, including the individuals below.

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    Simon Cooke, CFA

    Portfolio Manager, Emerging Market Fixed Income

    Simon Cooke, CFA

    Portfolio Manager, Emerging Market Fixed Income

    Simon is an emerging market corporate debt Portfolio Manager in the Emerging Market Debt Team, with a particular focus on responsible investment and high yield.  He is lead portfolio manager for Insight’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategies in emerging markets and global high yield, and a portfolio manager on other emerging market corporate strategies. Simon joined Insight Investment in 2011 as a Credit Analyst, spending six years covering high yield and emerging markets before moving to the Emerging Market Debt Team in 2017. He began his career in audit and corporate finance at Grant Thornton. Simon holds a BA in history from Durham University, is a Chartered Accountant and CFA charterholder.

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    Rhona Cormack

    Senior Stewardship Analyst

    Rhona Cormack

    Senior Stewardship Analyst

    Rhona joined the Responsible Investment Team within the Fixed Income Group in November 2021, responsible for leading Insight’s ESG engagement activities. Prior to Insight, Rhona was a Manager in the Climate Change and Sustainability Services at EY and, before this, an Environmental Scientist at RPS, providing sustainability and energy consultancy to their customers. Rhona holds an MSc in Sustainability and a BA in Geography from the University of Leeds. She also holds the Certificate in ESG Investing from the CFA Institute and the ISO 14001 Lead Auditor certification from the IEMA.

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    Charles-Henri Boivin

    Senior Credit Analyst

    Charles-Henri Boivin

    Senior Credit Analyst

    Charles-Henri joined Insight in January 2011 as a credit analyst within the Fixed Income Group. He joined from CreditSights where he spent three years as a credit analyst focusing on building materials, capital goods and auto sectors. Prior to that, he worked as a credit analyst for Société Générale IB. Charles-Henri began his career in 2004 as an intern auditor at KPMG. He holds a Masters in Business from the EDHEC Business School.

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