September 17, 2021  |  Emerging Markets Debt
Beta-Bucket Approach Drives Emerging Debt Allocations

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Marco Ruijer, CFA, is a hard currency portfolio manager on William Blair’s emerging markets debt (EMD) team. Before joining William Blair, Marco was the lead portfolio manager on NN Investment Partners’ EMD team, where he was responsible for managing EMD hard currency portfolios. Before joining NNIP in 2013, Marco was a senior fund manager for EMD at Mn Services in the Netherlands, where he managed various EMD portfolios. Before that, he worked with Mn Services’ investment strategy and risk management team. Marco began his career in 1998 as an investment trainee at Mn. Marco received an M.A. in international financial economics from the University of Amsterdam.

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Investing in emerging markets debt is about properly assessing risk. We believe our beta-bucket approach improves our ability to generate risk-adjusted returns over time.

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While we believe that overall market conditions remain favorable for emerging markets debt, the pandemic created idiosyncratic risks and diverging prospects across emerging markets countries.

Therefore, it is critical to have a clear understanding of the risks and opportunities they represent.

Leveraging on our rigorous bottom-up sovereign and corporate credit analysis and many years of experience investing in emerging markets debt, we believe we are well prepared to navigate these opportunities and risks, providing the potential to generate alpha for our clients.

We have a strong focus on risk management and diversification.

We are fundamental emerging markets debt investors. We have a strong focus on risk management and diversification. To manage concentration risk, our country allocations are well diversified.

We seek alpha in all corners of the emerging markets debt universe. We have a focus on high-yielding frontier markets debt, where we think the risk premium tends to be fundamentally mispriced. We also have a structural overlay to select corporate debt.

Investing in emerging markets debt is about properly assessing risk. We have seen risks playing out from geopolitics, ESG, and other country-specific perspectives.

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Marco Ruijer, CFA, is a portfolio manager on William Blair’s Emerging Markets Debt team.

Portfolio Manager

Marco Ruijer, CFA, is a hard currency portfolio manager on William Blair’s emerging markets debt (EMD) team. Before joining William Blair, Marco was the lead portfolio manager on NN Investment Partners’ EMD team, where he was responsible for managing EMD hard currency portfolios. Before joining NNIP in 2013, Marco was a senior fund manager for EMD at Mn Services in the Netherlands, where he managed various EMD portfolios. Before that, he worked with Mn Services’ investment strategy and risk management team. Marco began his career in 1998 as an investment trainee at Mn. Marco received an M.A. in international financial economics from the University of Amsterdam.

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