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(Systematic) investing in emerging market debt


Journal of Fixed Income



Authors / Editors

Brooks J;Richardson S;Xu Z


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The authors extend the analysis of systematic investment approaches to emerging market (EM) fixed income. They focus on hard currency bonds issued by emerging sovereign and quasi-sovereign entities. They find that systematic exposures linked to carry, defensive, momentum, and valuation themes are well compensated and lowly correlated in EM markets. A transaction-cost and liquidity aware long-only portfolio generates an information ratio above 1. They further show that an excess of benchmark returns for a broad set of EM managers is (i) largely explained by passive exposures to EM corporate credit excess returns and EM local currency returns, and (ii) has nontrivial macroeconomic exposures (growth, inflation, volatility, and liquidity). A systematic approach to EM debt may be a powerful diversifier.

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