Strategies & Capabilities

Emerging Market Debt

Emerging Market Debt (EMD) is a rapidly evolving asset class that can offer fixed income investors diversification benefits and enhanced yield and return potential.

The EMD universe offers investors a broad spectrum of opportunities from local to hard currency debt, from investment grade to high yield, and from sovereign to corporate debt. Investors can pick and choose their exposure depending on the risk and return profile they are looking for.

  • EMD has seen solid growth over the past decade, as of end June 2020 the investible EMD universe in hard currency sovereign, corporate debt, local currency nominal and inflation linked sovereign debt stood at $5.5 trillion based on the flagship JPM and Barclays indices.1
  • As emerging market countries grow and develop their financial markets, new countries are added to the flagship EMD indices.
  • With EM countries increasing importance to global trade and GDP, EMD cannot be ignored and at State Street Global Advisors we believe it should be an integral part of investor portfolios.

Leader in Emerging Market Debt Investing







First Index EM Local Debt Strategy (Including China Onshore Bond Market) First Indexed Global EM Local Debt Strategy (ETF)

SPDR® BofAML Emerging Markets Corporate Bond Strategy

Custom Indexed Middle East (UAE) USD Sovereign & Credit Strategy

Multi-Factor EM Local Debt Strategy

Indexed Local EMD SICAVs including ESG versions

  • State Street Global Advisors is leader in EMD investing and a pioneer in indexed EMD launching our first indexed strategy in 2005.
  • Today we manage over $24bn2 in dedicated EMD portfolios and are among the largest EMD investors in the world.
  • We manage assets across local currency nominal and inflation linked debt and hard currency corporate and sovereign debt.
  • Global expertise, local knowledge – two EMD investment centres located in London and Singapore
  • Our approach to indexing has delivered close tracking while reducing implementation costs and has been recognised by institutional and retail investors alike.
  • Our dedicated EMD team means that we have the expertise to deliver this complex beta exposure in an efficient and cost effective way.
  • We have a solutions oriented approach and work in partnership with institutional investors to meet their investment objectives.

Our Capabilities

Our Emerging Market Debt  strategies aim to deliver the performance of all the major EMD benchmark indices through the use of sophisticated investment techniques.

Through our long-standing track record, across the full EMD spectrum, we have accumulated deep market insights and expertise of how these markets operate and perform.

We manage a variety of funds and ETFs as well as separately managed accounts that track the performance of the established institutional EMD benchmarks, as well as customised versions of these.  We have considerable experience partnering with our clients to design the specific EMD exposure and strategy they want, one that is consistent with their own investment objectives and beliefs.

We have established track records against four key EMD exposures:

Our Team


Abhishek Kumar

Head of Emerging Market Debt


Kheng-Siang Ng

Asia Pacific Head of Fixed Income


David Furey

Head of Fixed Income Strategists – EMEA