Emerging debt
Emerging fixed income

Emerging debt

Local currency emerging market debt benchmarked strategy

Key points:

  • Dynamic emerging market fixed income approach with diversified sources of performance
  • Integration and analysis of sustainability factors is key
  • Flexible allocations across local currency, sovereign and corporate debt


Our core investment philosophy is that emerging country fixed income and currency markets are inefficient and that market risk is regularly mispriced. This leads to a wide dispersion in the performance of emerging market assets, offering opportunities that can be exploited by a dynamic and unconstrained investment approach, based upon rigorous country analysis and the integration of Environmental, Social And Governance (ESG) criteria.


The investment process starts with the top-down analysis of the global macroeconomic environment and market themes. These views determine the asset allocation between local currency bonds, hard currency sovereign debt, corporate credit and overall duration exposure. The next step is the bottom-up research to determine the country duration, currency positioning and issue(r) selection based on Robeco’s proprietary country and company research. Sustainability is important in this phase as it often is an early indicator of both future risk and potential investment opportunities.

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The strategy is managed within our Global Fixed Income Macro team that covers both developed and emerging markets. It benefits from the macro and country focus of this team. The emerging debt portfolio managers are together responsible for asset allocation strategies, duration and currency management, country allocation and yield curve positioning. They also benefit from the country and credit research expertise of the other fixed income portfolio managers, analysts and researchers.

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    (iii) a pooled superannuation trust; or
    (iv) a public sector superannuation scheme.
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    (ii) an approved deposit fund; or
    (iii) a pooled superannuation trust; or
    (iv) a public sector superannuation scheme
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