Emerging market debt (in USD terms) experienced a good April, supported by a partial retracement in cross-market volatility, improvement in EM currencies’ carry-to-vol ratios, and stabilization in US rates.
Emerging market debt (in USD terms) experienced a weak first quarter as markets reacted to a number of developments that included investor concerns about rising US Treasury yields leading to a pick-up in market volatility across asset classes.
Emerging market debt (in USD terms) experienced a difficult February as markets reacted to a sharp sell-off of US Treasury bonds that sent yields higher.
Emerging market debt (in USD terms) experienced a volatile start to the year, with the end result for the month being a modestly negative overall return.
EM debt (in USD terms) saw strong positive returns in Q4, aided by the announcement of effective vaccines for COVID-19, the potential benefits to EM as a result of a prospective Biden administration, continued USD weakness, and increased demand for risk assets amid ample global liquidity. Returns for 2020 were positive overall (in USD terms) following a V-shaped recovery from the lows of March.
EM debt (in USD terms) enjoyed positive momentum in November, boosted by two major events: the outcome of the US elections and positive vaccine news. The change in US administration could mark a structural shift for US engagement with a number of EM countries and a return to multilateralism.
Emerging market (EM) debt ended the month flat overall in US dollar terms. A pick-up in volatility was evident towards the end of the month as a new COVID-19 infection wave was seen in parts of Europe and the US, and a series of new and more stringent lockdown measures were introduced. This led to investor concerns about a potential pause in the underlying economic recovery, leading to a correction in risk assets.
Emerging market (EM) debt produced positive overall returns in Q3 in USD terms, albeit with bouts of volatility, in particular with a risk-off wave seen in the last weeks of September.
Emerging Market Debt delivered mostly flat-to-modestly-positive returns (in USD terms) in August against the backdrop of mixed news flow and sentiment that led markets to trade sideways for most of the month. Easing lockdown measures across EM aided a rebound in manufacturing activity and domestic consumption, with economic data generally surprising on the upside to beat low expectations..
Emerging market (EM) debt saw strong returns in July (in USD terms) as it continued to recover from the sell-off earlier in the year. A weaker US dollar, broadly improving business confidence and purchasing managers’ indices (PMI) across Asia and Latin America, and further progress on COVID-19 vaccine trials underpinned gains. A steady rise in the oil price on improving demand, continued fiscal support, accommodative monetary policy from global central banks also provided support over the month.
The unprecedentedly rapid and large monetary and fiscal stimulus put in place by the major global economies fuelled a sharp rebound in emerging bond markets over the quarter
Global risk sentiment continued to improve over the last month as more economies began the slow process of restarting activity. However, a fundamental reappraisal of EM prospects remains underway given the ongoing uncertainties. The re-opening so far has not been followed by a spike in new COVID-19 cases, reassuring markets that the economic normalization process can continue unimpeded for now. In EM, certain regions like Asia (notably China and Korea) and Emerging Europe appear to have controlled the virus relatively well.
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