Emerging Markets Corporate Debt Strategy
Emerging Markets Corporate Debt Strategy

Emerging Markets Corporate Debt Strategy

 
 
 
Summary

The Emerging Markets Corporate Debt Strategy is a value-oriented fixed income strategy that seeks to maximize total return from income and price appreciation by primarily investing across the credit spectrum in the debt securities of emerging market corporate issuers. Investments are mostly denominated in U.S. currency, and include non-U.S. and/or local currencies. To help achieve its objective, the team follows a disciplined investment process that combines top-down country allocation with bottom-up credit analysis to identify undervalued Emerging Markets Corporate Debt securities.

 

1.5-2.5%
Expected Tracking Error
5-5.5 years
Typical Duration
5.5-6.5%
Typical Yield to Maturity
 
 
Investment Approach
Philosophy

The team generally looks to take advantage of investment opportunities across corporate, quasi-sovereign and to a lesser extent sovereign debt securities from Emerging Markets countries experiencing positive fundamental change. EM Corporate Debt seeks to provide investors the opportunity to capitalize on this progress as local companies become leaders in their domestic markets and relevant in the global credit arena. 

The team aims to capture the upside potential of Emerging Market Corporate Debt securities through:

  • Country and Security Analysis
  • Value Orientation
  • Credit Analysis

 

 
Differentiators
Global presence

The team is supported by Morgan Stanley’s presence in nearly every major financial market and region, drawing on the scale and scope of the firm’s global franchise to help manage risks and identify opportunities throughout market cycles.

Experience and complementary skill set

The team is comprised of investment professionals with complementary skills sets, which facilitate informed, well-researched investment decisions. Morgan Stanley Investment Management has managed dedicated EMD assets since 1993, with the Head of the EMD effort being involved since 1997.

Morgan Stanley Investment Management's structure

The firm’s structure allows for entrepreneurial flexibility, equipping the investment team with the liberty to respond quickly to market developments and swiftly implement investment ideas.

 
 
 
Investment Process
1
Macro analysis

The team begins with a top-down analysis of the global macro environment, its impact on EM, and the market’s appetite for risk. The output of the analysis is an overall risk target for all of our portfolios relative to their respective benchmarks.

2
Sovereign analysis

The team’s objective is to analyze credit opportunities in countries identified as those exhibiting positive rates of change using frameworks that meld economic, political, and social assessments. In this process the team extends its analysis to determine how these factors may positively influence the overall business environment and support the credit worthiness of companies.

3
Credit analysis and industry outlook

The team reviews a variety of metrics to evaluate the credit worthiness of specific issuers taking into consideration the team’s sovereign views and additionally, the industry outlook for each issuer.

4
Security selection and portfolio construction

The team’s models provide perspective on market valuations in different cycles and time periods, enabling them to identify potential mispricing and alpha opportunities. Each potential security is analyzed through a variety of credit and valuation metrics. The team uses a Positioning & Sizing framework that takes into consideration the total return potential of investment alternatives, the volatility of returns and correlation of such potential positions to assess risk, and a conviction factor about the return/risk trade-off based on a comprehensive review of event risk (including near-term political factors) and the market technicals such as planned issuance, investors’ positioning, and outlook for asset class flows.

5
Risk management

Risk management is integrated throughout the team’s investment process. An independent team also monitors portfolio adherence to guidelines, overall risk levels, and composition.

 
 
Portfolio Managers
Managing Director
22 years industry experience
Managing Director
23 years industry experience
Executive Director
13 years industry experience
 
 
Insights
Global Fixed Income Insights
NAFTA Exit, Who Really Gets Hurt?
Sep 14, 2017
The Emerging Markets Debt team discusses their analysis of who really gets hurt if the U.S. exits the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Global Fixed Income Bulletin
Time to Be More Selective
Nov 06, 2017
The Global Fixed Income team discusses how it may be time to be more selective in the fixed income markets and how security selection will be important.
Global Fixed Income Bulletin
Bad Politics, Good Economies
Sep 14, 2017
The team discusses how with fundamentals and monetary policy stable, political noise has become the main source of market volatility.
 
 
 
 

 

RISK CONSIDERATIONS  

Diversification does not protect you against a loss in a particular market; however it allows you to spread that risk across various asset classes.

There is no assurance that a portfolio will achieve its investment objective. Portfolios are subject to market risk, which is the possibility that the market values of securities owned by the portfolio will decline. Accordingly, you can lose money investing in this strategy. Please be aware that this strategy may be subject to certain additional risks. Fixed-income securities are subject to the ability of an issuer to make timely principal and interest payments (credit risk), changes in interest rates (interest-rate risk), the creditworthiness of the issuer and general market liquidity (market risk). In the current rising interest-rate environment, bond prices may fall and may result in periods of volatility and increased portfolio redemptions. Longer-term securities may be more sensitive to interest rate changes. In a declining interest-rate environment, the portfolio may generate less income. Investments in foreign marketsentail special risks such as currency, political, economic, and market risks. The risks of investing in emerging market countries are greater than the risks generally associated with investments in foreign developed countries. Derivative instruments can be illiquid, may disproportionately increase losses and may have a potentially large negative impact on the portfolio’s performance. When investing in value securities, the market may not have the same value assessment as the manager, and, therefore, the performance of the securities may decline.

 

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There is no guarantee that any investment strategy will work under all market conditions, and each investor should evaluate their ability to invest for the long-term, especially during periods of downturn in the market. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

A separately managed account may not be suitable for all investors. Separate accounts managed according to the Strategy include a number of securities and will not necessarily track the performance of any index. Please consider the investment objectives, risks and fees of the Strategy carefully before investing. A minimum asset level is required. For important information about the investment manager, please refer to Form ADV Part 2.

Any views and opinions provided are those of the portfolio management team and are subject to change at any time due to market or economic conditions and may not necessarily come to pass. Furthermore, the views will not be updated or otherwise revised to reflect information that subsequently becomes available or circumstances existing, or changes occurring. The views expressed do not reflect the opinions of all portfolio managers at Morgan Stanley Investment Management (MSIM) or the views of the firm as a whole, and may not be reflected in all the strategies and products that the Firm offers.

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DEFINITIONS

Tracking error is the standard deviation of the difference between the portfolio and the benchmark returns. 

Duration is a measure of the sensitivity of the price (the value of principal) of a fixed-income investment to a change in interest rates.

Yield-To-Maturity is the rate of return anticipated on a bond if it is held until the maturity date.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

The indexes are unmanaged and do not include any expenses, fees or sales charges. It is not possible to invest directly in an index. Any index referred to herein is the intellectual property (including registered trademarks) of the applicable licensor. Any product based on an index is in no way sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by the applicable licensor and it shall not have any liability with respect thereto.

The JP Morgan CEMBI Broad Diversified Index is a global, liquid corporate emerging-markets benchmark that tracks U.S.-denominated corporate bonds issued by emerging-markets entities. 

The information presented represents how the portfolio management team generally implements its investment process under normal market conditions.

The weights, tracking error typical yield duration, and the number of issuers represent represent typical ranges and are not a maximum number. The portfolio may exceed these from time to time due to market conditions and outstanding trades. 

Morgan Stanley Investment Management is the asset management division of Morgan Stanley.

 

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