Emerging markets (EM) central banks hiked early and large, and we believe U.S. sanctions are backfiring and undermining developed markets (DM) currencies in favor of EM commodity-based currencies. Additionally, fire-sale levels of high-beta EM credit spreads in USD have enabled us to accumulate in July. This is yet another reason why, following the devastation of the first half of 2022, we have adopted a bullish position on EM debt.
The Emerging Markets Bond Fund (the “Fund”) was up 2.87% in July, compared to 1.59% for its benchmark. July’s 128bp of outperformance brings YTD outperformance to 412bp. Year-to-date, owning no Russia, navigating Ukraine and not keeping our duration view on “autopilot” drove performance, as did the Fund’s exposures to high-beta EMFX, particularly South Africa, Colombia, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Poland. For detailed Fund performance and EM debt outlook, download the commentary.
Originally published by VanEck on 23 August 2022.
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