Emerging Market Debt Commentary - Q2 2021

Emerging market debt (in USD terms) delivered positive returns in the second quarter as the recovery in global economic growth continued to aid EM countries. Even as concerns about China growth and COVID-19 infections in Asia intensified during the quarter, higher growth in EM countries, a weaker dollar (dollar Index at -0.85% in Q2 2021) and lower US Treasury yields (10-year US Treasury at -27 bps lower in Q2 2021) underpinned the good performance.

EM fund flows continued to increase with Q2 flows at +$7.1bn and +$4.3bn into hard currency and local currency, respectively (Source for flows: Morgan Stanley).