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Emerging Local Markets Bond Fund
An actively managed, diversified portfolio of the local-currency denominated bonds of emerging market sovereign issuers. The strategy seeks to provide generally lower levels of credit risk compared to external bonds, with meaningful opportunities in terms of local interest rate cycle and emerging markets currency exposure. Put simply, we aim to buy high quality businesses run by high quality people. The fund is categorised as Article 8 under Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR).
ISIN LU0310189781
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30-Apr-2024 - Andrew Keirle, Portfolio Manager,
Recent market turbulence is unsurprising after last year’s stellar performance and has led to improved emerging market local bond and currency valuations. Disinflation and monetary easing remain supportive, as does a potentially peaking US dollar. Slowing global growth and geopolitical factors remain concerns; however, our active approach focused on country selection and structural themes should work well.

Fund Summary
Our approach is to leverage our in-house global fixed income team’s views to form a baseline for emerging market debt. We then carry out fundamental research, including independent country risk assessments across more than 60 countries. We formulate short- and medium-term forecasts across the yield curve for nominal bonds, inflation-linked bonds, and currencies. The promotion of environmental and/or social characteristics is achieved through the fund's commitment to maintain at least 50% of the value of its portfolio invested in issuers and/or securities that are rated as ‘Green’ by the T. Rowe Price proprietary Responsible Investor Indicator Model (RIIM). Additionally, we apply a proprietary responsible screen (exclusion list). The manager is not constrained by the fund’s benchmark, which is used for performance comparison purposes only.
Performance - Net of Fees

Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance.

30-Apr-2024 - Andrew Keirle, Portfolio Manager,
Emerging markets bonds and currencies saw a broad-based sell off in April, as risk sentiment weakened, and investors lowered their expectations for developed market interest rate cuts helping the US dollar to strengthen further. Within the portfolio, our duration positioning detracted, predominantly through our overweight allocation to Latin America, where Mexican and Brazilian bond prices fell. Our overweight exposure to Central and Eastern Europe also held back relative performance, although to a lesser degree. These factors offset a positive impact from our underweight to duration in Thailand. In terms of currency positioning, our long position in the Chilean peso added value, as the country’s central bank slowed its pace of interest rate cuts, economic growth improved, and copper prices rallied. This was counteracted elsewhere, however, including from our unfavourable long position in the Brazilian real and our off benchmark holding in the Nigerian naira.
30-Jun-2022 - Andrew Keirle, Portfolio Manager,

The portfolio's duration positioning vacillated during the quarter, beginning with an underweight position and ultimately ending the quarter in a neutral stance. We reduced our duration overweight to Latin America and moved further underweight Asia, while increasing European duration on improved valuations. Elsewhere, we remained constructive on EM FX and ended the period overweight emerging Europe, Asia, and Latin America, mostly based on relative value. These positions remain principally funded by a basket of developed market currencies, most notably the U.S. dollar and euro.

Bond Allocation

  • We moved further underweight in Asia, primarily by shifting to an underweight allocation to China, as recurring lockdowns to contain the coronavirus could jeopardize growth. We slightly narrowed our underweight to Malaysia following the country's recent increased position in the benchmark.
  • Against the backdrop of stretched valuations, concerns about inflation, and risks of central bank hawkishness leading to yields rising, we remained underweight lower-yielding EM and held defensive short positions in core markets.
  • Amid stretched valuations, we trimmed our exposure to inflation-linked bonds in Mexico.
  • We reduced our underweight to Central and Eastern Europe given our constructive growth outlook for the region. We added to Poland, Hungary, and Romania amid solid growth. Hungary and Romania are farther along in their credit-hiking cycle, and we expect inflation to moderate over the medium term, which could lead to a lower terminal policy rate relative to market pricing.
  • We also retained an overall overweight exposure to Latin America mostly based on relative value. However, we reduced our overweight to Mexico due to its close ties to the United States' economy and an increasingly hawkish Fed.
  • The depth of our research process allows us to evaluate markets that are outside the benchmark in our search for value. Accordingly, we held an off-benchmark position in Zambia and Ukraine and a short off-benchmark position in India.

Currency Selection

  • We increased our short U.S. dollar position during the quarter as stretched valuations seemed likely to limit additional gains and increased the attractiveness of EM FX.
  • We also ended the quarter broadly overweight currencies in emerging Europe, mostly due to our constructive growth outlook on the region. However, this was reduced as we moved underweight Serbia due to inflationary pressures and unattractive carry prospects.
  • We also increased our overweight Asia through the quarter, primarily by adding exposure to Indonesia and Malaysia. We also rotated some Chinese exposure to offshore renminbi due to technical factors.
  • We also reduced our underweight to Latin American currencies mostly due to attractive valuations and carry, particularly in Colombia, where recent weakness and rate hikes increased the peso's attractiveness. However, we moved underweight the Peruvian sol, and decreased the Brazilian real and Chilean peso amid falling metal prices.
  • The breadth of our research process also allows us to evaluate currencies outside the benchmark where we see attractive opportunities. Accordingly, we held off-benchmark currency exposures to Zambia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan; however, we eliminated the latter following recent recoveries.
30-Nov-2015 - Andrew Keirle, Portfolio Manager,
We maintain off-benchmark allocations to selected U.S. dollar-denominated and euro-denominated sovereign and quasi-sovereign bonds that hold attractive relative value.
31-Jan-2024 - Andrew Keirle, Portfolio Manager,
We increased our long exposure to emerging market currencies on weakness, boosting our conviction overweight positions in the high-yielding Hungarian forint and Mexican peso, increasing overweight exposures in Central and Eastern Europe and Latin America. More opportunistically, we topped up our position in Chilean peso following its sharp underperformance and added a long position in the South African rand where interest rates remain elevated. We rotated some of our US dollar short position into other funding currencies including the euro, UK sterling and Japanese yen.

Indicative Benchmark Data Source: JP Morgan. Information has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable but J.P. Morgan does not warrant its completeness or accuracy. The index is used with permission. The Index may not be copied, used, or distributed without J.P. Morgan’s prior written approval. Copyright © 2022, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. All rights reserved.

Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance.

Source for performance: T. Rowe Price. Fund performance is calculated using the official NAV with dividends reinvested, if any. The value of an investment and any income from it can go down as well as up. Investors may get back less than the amount invested. It will be affected by changes in the exchange rate between the base currency of the fund and the subscription currency, if different. Sales charges (up to a maximum of 5% for the A Class), taxes and other locally applied costs have not been deducted and if applicable, they will reduce the performance figures.

Emerging Local Markets Bond

Effective 1 January 2011, the benchmark was changed to J. P. Morgan Government Bond Index - Emerging Markets Global Diversified Index. Prior to 1 January 2011, the benchmark was the J. P. Morgan Government Bond Index - Emerging Markets Broad Diversified Index. The benchmark change was made because the portfolio manager viewed the new benchmark to be a better representation of the investment strategy of the sub-fund. Historical benchmark representations have not been restated.

Daily performance data is based on the latest available NAV.  

The Funds are sub-funds of the T. Rowe Price Funds SICAV, a Luxembourg investment company with variable capital which is registered with Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier and which qualifies as an undertaking for collective investment in transferable securities (“UCITS”). Full details of the objectives, investment policies and risks are located in the prospectus which is available with the key investor information documents and/or key information document (KID) in English and in an official language of the jurisdictions in which the Funds are registered for public sale, together with the articles of incorporation and the annual and semi-annual reports (together “Fund Documents”). Any decision to invest should be made on the basis of the Fund Documents which are available free of charge from the local representative, local information/paying agent or from authorised distributors. They can also be found along with a summary of investor rights in English at The Management Company reserves the right to terminate marketing arrangements.

Please note that the Fund typically has a risk of high volatility.

Hedged share classes (denoted by 'h') utilise investment techniques to mitigate currency risk between the underlying investment currency(ies) of the fund and the currency of the hedged share class.  The costs of doing so will be borne by the share class and there is no guarantee that such hedging will be effective.

The specific securities identified and described in this website do not represent all of the securities purchased, sold, or recommended for the sub-fund and no assumptions should be made that the securities identified and discussed were or will be profitable.

A full list of the currently issued Share Classes including Distributing, Hedged, and Accumulating Categories may be obtained, free of charge and upon request, from the registered office of the Company.  


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