Where next for Emerging market debt?

Emerging market debt has had a tough year so far but is there light at the end of the tunnel? To help us formulate our views, we analyzed three decades of data to see if past sell-offs and rallies hold any clues.

Fixed income 17 Jun 2022 2 min read
Juha Seppala
Emerging Market Debt Strategist

Key highlights

  • Russia’s war in Ukraine, along with rapidly accelerating rates of inflation globally, a renewed global hiking cycle, as well as the zero COVID policy in China, have not been kind to emerging market fixed income. As of April 28, the JP Morgan EMBI Global Diversifed (EMBI GD), a proxy for US dollar denominated emerging market sovereign bonds, had lost 14.53%. Of this, 8.75% had been due to falls in US Treasury prices and 6.33% due to EMBI GD spread widening.
  • While of course it’s important to emphasize that past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results, for emerging market fixed income at least, sell-offs of this magnitude have often been followed by significant upswings in performance. The question therefore is, should investors dip their toes back into this asset class now?

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