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Emerging Markets Debt, an Underinvested Story

January 27, 2017

Why Emerging Markets Debt?

→ Total debt in developed markets was 200% of GDP in 1990 and is close to 400% today. What has happened to overall EM debt levels since 1990? Debt has also increased… but only by around 50% of GDP. 

→ Recent rally in EM Sovereign bonds since the ECB announced plans to buy bonds, with an increasing number of European institutions needing to improve income for actuarial reasons.

→ EM Yields are strong… the JP Morgan EMBI Global Diversified, an index of sovereign bonds, yields 5.8%; the high yield component of that index offers 6.9%.

→ While growth in Emerging Markets has slowed, it remains positive.

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