Absolute Return Emerging Market Debt

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Watch our video to hear Colm McDonagh, Head of Emerging Market Fixed Income, discuss how emerging market debt could be suited to an absolute return approach.

For investors seeking a positive absolute return, we believe our absolute return emerging market debt approach offers investors significant benefits over both traditional long-only benchmarks and hedge fund approaches.

Our absolute return emerging market debt strategies have the freedom to invest opportunistically across the emerging market debt universe regardless of index weighting, while maintaining a strong focus on downside risk management to help smooth the volatility of returns which long-only investors may be more exposed to.

We invest on a best ideas basis, employing a singular, vertical investment process that is led by in-depth country analysis to identify and exploit what we believe to be the most compelling investment opportunities within the universe in a bid to generate strong risk-adjusted returns, regardless of the market backdrop.

We employ a singular investment process across external, local and corporate debt that recognises the interdependency of these sub-asset classes. We believe this approach is far superior to approaches that silo these sources of returns and treat them as distinct building blocks through the application of different investment styles and processes to each.

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  • 116 Fixed income investment professionals globally
  • 17years Average experience of fixed income team
  • £4.9bn emerging market exposure across all portfolios

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Team statistics as at 30 June 2018. Assets under management (AUM) are represented by the value of cash securities and other economic exposure managed for clients. 

The strategy's target is not a guarantee may not be achieved and a capital loss may occur. Strategies that have a higher performance aim generally take more risk to achieve this and do have a greater potential for the returns to be significantly different than expected.

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The value of investments and any income from them will fluctuate and is not guaranteed (this may be partly due to exchange rate fluctuations). Investors may not get back the full amount invested. Past performance is not a guide to future performance.

Where the portfolio holds over 35% of its net asset value in securities of one governmental issuer, the value of the portfolio may be profoundly affected if one or more of these issuers fails to meet its obligations or suffers a ratings downgrade.

The issuer of a debt security may not pay income or repay capital to the bondholder when due.

Derivatives may be used to generate returns as well as to reduce costs and/or the overall risk of the portfolio. Using derivatives can involve a higher level of risk. A small movement in the price of an underlying investment may result in a disproportionately large movement in the price of the derivative investment.

Investments in emerging markets can be less liquid and riskier than more developed markets and difficulties in accounting, dealing, settlement and custody may arise.

Where high yield instruments are held, their low credit rating indicates a greater risk of default, which would affect the value of the portfolio.

The investment manager may invest in instruments which can be difficult to sell when markets are stressed.

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