Emerging market debt

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Emerging market economies have quickly expanded to a point where they collectively contribute more to global growth than developed economies.

At Insight, we have designed a range of emerging market debt (EMD) capabilities that offer investors structural exposure to emerging markets across the full universe with varying degrees of alpha potential. Investors can access the opportunity set according to their risk/return preferences, exploiting attractive beta and alpha opportunities rather than relying on structural beta alone to drive returns, a feature which is typical of traditional benchmark-driven strategies.


The investment opportunity has evolved from a niche asset class to a global opportunity set spanning multiple countries at different stages of the economic and monetary cycle, across a range of sub-asset classes and instruments - including government and corporate debt in local or external currencies, derivatives and foreign exchange markets.

EMD is gradually assuming more importance in investors' asset allocations as returns have generally outpaced those of traditional asset classes over the last decade. The breadth and depth of the asset class is sometimes overlooked despite this growth in prominence.

Our strategies

Emerging Market Corporate Debt: we believe the growth of the asset class and the diversity of the opportunity set qualifies emerging market corporate debt as a standalone allocation as well as forming an important component of global fixed income portfolios. Find out more.

Total Return Emerging Market Debt: global, total return EMD strategies that allow greater freedom to allocate tactically, switching exposure between EMD sub-asset classes to identify attractive beta and alpha opportunities over an investment cycle. Find out more.

Absolute Return Emerging Market Debt: an unconstrained global EMD approach that invests on a 'best ideas' basis. Our strategies seek to capture the most attractive long and short opportunities from across the available investment universe with a focus on downside protection that aims to generate positive returns even when markets are falling. Find out more.

Our team

Insight’s EMD Team has extensive experience in the industry going back to the 90s and the portfolio managers have extensive experience of major events over market cycles.

Our EMD Team employs a singular investment process across external, local and corporate debt, that recognises the interdependency of the sub-asset classes and the impact they can have on investment returns. We believe this approach is far superior to EMD processes that attempt to apply a different method to each sub-class.

We also view emerging market debt in a global context, rather than a standalone asset class, leveraging the resources and capabilities of Insight’s wider global fixed income and credit research teams.

EMD in numbers

  • 106 Fixed income investment professionals support the team
  • 17years Average experience of fixed income team
  • £4.1bn emerging market exposure across all portfolios

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Team statistics as at 30 September 2017. Assets under management (AUM) are represented by the value of cash securities and other economic exposure managed for clients. 

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