April 2021 / VIDEO
EM Corporate Bond: how we invest
Our investment process is analyst led. They are the heart of the organisation and the output of their bottom-up work is what drives the investment process. That said, when constructing portfolios there are three variables I look at to supplement their bottom-up work.
- The first is governance. We have a four-decade history of looking at EM governance, but also partnering with our in-house responsible investing team on ESG parameters.
- Second would be liquidity, and in working with our traders to measure every transaction on a post transaction cost basis, we want to be sure we're paid for the relative illiquidity of EM debt.
- Third and final would be the macro factors. We know in some countries the macro will outweigh the micro, and we need to size our risk accordingly for that conviction.
So it's the combination of that bottom-up analyst-driven process and a consistent portfolio construction process that leads to the end output.
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