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Local currency emerging markets debt has been one of the standout fixed income asset classes this year. The J.P. Morgan GBI-EM Global Diversified Index — which tracks local currency bonds issued by emerging market governments — is up nearly 5% year-to-date.¹ This compares with the Bloomberg US Agg up 2.5% over the same period. Yields for the emerging markets index peaked in the fourth quarter of 2022 and remain near multi-year highs. Local currency EM debt could stand to benefit for three reasons: higher starting yields, proactive emerging markets central banks, and emerging versus developed GDP growth differentials.
In sum, a number of tailwinds could continue to position EM local currency debt for strong relative returns as the year progresses.
¹Through June 26, 2023
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