Abhishek Kumar joined State Street Global Advisors in 2010 and is the sector lead for emerging market debt within the fixed income indexing team. From his home in London, he has been managing and overseeing our $24 billion of EMD assets across both hard currency and local currency EM portfolios while also working to develop new strategies and solutions for investors in EM debt.
Emerging markets have not experienced the humanitarian crisis that many feared as the pandemic spread. This has enabled EM assets to recover something reflected particularly in the recovery of emerging market debt. As these concerns around the COVID-19 threat abate, investor attention has refocused on potential opportunities in EMD. But not all segments of the market will hold the same appeal.
Policy-makers in China changed policy direction by implementing new security measures in Hong Kong and removing a target for GDP growth. These economic cum political decisions should continue to make Chinese assets attractive for global investors, though they could pose a relative headwind for other Emerging Markets. Yet, market dynamics will depend more on how DM countries manage their exits from lockdown.
State Street Global Advisors investment experts share their perspectives on emerging markets (EM) investing in the context of current market volatility and the COVID-19 crisis.
The COVID-19 pandemic represents both a serious public health and economic threat for emerging markets. The crisis has dented emerging market growth prospects and reversed years of strong performance.
The COVID-19 crisis has taken shape as a liquidity shock to global markets, resulting in substantial outflows and plunging prices in EM. It will be some time before EM investors are able to align their decision making to fundamentals. At this point, liquidity is the key factor to watch.
Emerging Market Debt (EMD) investors are justifiably rattled by the market volatility of the past few weeks as questions about the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and its impact on economic conditions and markets have dominated headlines.
Emerging market debt (EMD) is a versatile asset.It offers equity investors risk mitigation potential with minimal return dilution.
The Emerging Market Debt (EMD) market has grown strongly over the past two decades to account for more than 25% of the global bond market while trading liquidity has improved. This makes it too big for global bond investors to ignore. This paper looks at how investors can make allocations to EM debt and the impact of same.