Tap into the Real Drivers of Emerging Markets

Discover the factors supporting a runway for growth in emerging markets debt and equities.

Disruptive

Emerging markets debt is under-owned, less covered, and not properly understood. Because of that, part of the investment universe displays higher risk premiums and higher yields.

Marcelo Assalin, CFA
Portfolio Manager

From Why Emerging Markets Debt Now

Emerging markets debt is under-owned, less covered, and not properly understood. Because of that, part of the investment universe displays higher risk premiums and higher yields.

Marcelo Assalin, CFA
Portfolio Manager

From Why Emerging Markets Debt Now

We distinguish the universe between high-, middle-, and low-beta countries because these countries behave slightly different. You get better insights in your risks.

Marco Ruijer, CFA
Portfolio Manager

From Our Edge in Emerging Markets Debt

We distinguish the universe between high-, middle-, and low-beta countries because these countries behave slightly different. You get better insights in your risks.

Marco Ruijer, CFA
Portfolio Manager

From Our Edge in Emerging Markets Debt

China A-Shares is an under-researched, inefficient market, which provides opportunities for investors who are on the ground doing fundamental research.

Casey Preyss, CFA, Partner
Portfolio Manager

From Emerging Markets with an Edge

China A-Shares is an under-researched, inefficient market, which provides opportunities for investors who are on the ground doing fundamental research.

Casey Preyss, CFA, Partner
Portfolio Manager

From Emerging Markets with an Edge

The Case for
Emerging Markets

WILLIAM BLAIR EMERGING MARKETS VIDEOS

Our portfolio managers and analysts describe opportunities in emerging markets, in their own words.

I believe emerging markets debt is the last frontier of investing. You can still uncover a lot of value doing bottom-up analysis.

Luis Olguin, CFA
Portfolio Manager, Emerging Markets Debt Team

I believe emerging markets debt is the last frontier of investing. You can still uncover a lot of value doing bottom-up analysis.

Luis Olguin, CFA
Portfolio Manager, Emerging Markets Debt Team

We have a regional focus, with portfolio managers and analysts located across the globe. This is important because the global markets never stop, and this enables us to cover markets 24/7.

Lewis Jones, CFA, FRM
Portfolio Manager, Emerging Markets Debt Team

ESG factors are an integral part of our sovereign debt model. We believe it helps us deliver better portfolio outcomes by better understanding the relationship between ESG and the performance of individual credits.

Yvette Babb
Portfolio Manager, Emerging Markets Debt Team

ESG factors are an integral part of our sovereign debt model. We believe it helps us deliver better portfolio outcomes by better understanding the relationship between ESG and the performance of individual credits.

Yvette Babb
Portfolio Manager, Emerging Markets Debt Team

 

We focus on identifying quality growth emerging market companies that have unique products or services that can generate sustainable value creation.

Jack Murphy, Partner
Portfolio Manager

 

 

The China A-Share market has historically had a low correlation to other equity markets, which may provide a significant diversification benefit for investors.

Vivian Lin Thurston, CFA, Partner
Portfolio Manager, Global Research Analyst

We find that currencies provide a powerful diversifier to a portfolio because currency moves tend to be uncorrelated to capital markets, increasing macro diversification benefits.

Brian Singer, CFA, Partner
Head of Dynamic Allocation Strategies Team

WILLIAM BLAIR EMERGING MARKET STRATEGIES

Emerging Markets Leaders Strategy

Concentrated portfolio of leading high-quality emerging market companies in terms of products, services, and execution.

Emerging Markets Growth Strategy

Diversified, all-cap portfolio of high-quality emerging market companies with broad exposure to sectors and countries across the market-capitalization spectrum.

Emerging Markets Small Cap Growth Strategy

Diversified portfolio of high-quality small-capitalization emerging market companies with broad exposure to sectors and countries, including frontier markets.

WILLIAM BLAIR EMERGING MARKET BLOG POSTS

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The growth in China’s middle class combined with its innovation boom is driving opportunities for active managers.

Innovation Driving EM Performance

Global investors should focus on how technological disruption is creating investment opportunities in emerging markets.

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This content is for informational and educational purposes only and not intended as investment advice or a recommendation to buy or sell any security. Investment advice and recommendations can be provided only after careful consideration of an investor’s objectives, guidelines, and restrictions.

Factual information has been taken from sources we believe to be reliable, but its accuracy, completeness or interpretation cannot be guaranteed. Forecasts, estimates, and certain information contained herein are based upon proprietary research and should not be interpreted as investment advice, as an offer or solicitation, nor as the purchase or sale of any financial instrument. Statements concerning financial market trends are based on current market conditions, which will fluctuate. William Blair does not provide legal or tax advice. Please consult your tax and/or legal counsel for specific tax questions and concerns.

Investing involves risks, including the possible loss of principal. Equity securities may decline in value due to both real and perceived general market, economic, and industry conditions. The securities of smaller companies may be more volatile and less liquid than securities of larger companies. Investing in foreign denominated and/or domiciled securities may involve heightened risk due to currency fluctuations, and economic and political risks, which may be enhanced in emerging markets. Investing in the bond market is subject to certain risks including market, interest rate, issuer, credit, and inflation risk. Rising interest rates generally cause bond prices to fall. Sovereign debt securities are subject to the risk that an entity may delay or refuse to pay interest or principal on its sovereign debt because of cash flow problems, insufficient foreign reserves, or political or other considerations. High-yield, lower-rated, securities involve greater risk than higher-rated securities. Currency transactions are affected by fluctuations in exchange rates; currency exchange rates may fluctuate significantly over short periods of time. Different investment styles may shift in and out of favor depending on market conditions. Diversification does not ensure against loss. Any investment or strategy mentioned herein may not be suitable for every investor. Past performance is not indicative of future results.

The MSCI ACWI IMI Index is a free float-adjusted, market capitalization-weighted index that captures large, mid, and small cap representation across developed and emerging markets. The MSCI ACWI ex-US IMI Index is a free float-adjusted, market capitalization-weighted index that captures large, mid, and small cap representation across developed and emerging markets, excluding the U.S. The Value and Growth Indices are a subset of the Index that adopt a framework for style segmentation in which value and growth securities are characterized using different attributes. Multiple factors are used to identify value and growth characteristics. The MSCI ACWI Small Cap Index is a free float-adjusted, market capitalization-weighted index that captures small cap representation across developed and emerging markets. The MSCI Emerging Markets Index is a free float-adjusted, market capitalization-weighted index that is designed to measure the equity market performance of emerging markets. The MSCI World Index is a free float-adjusted, market capitalization-weighted index that is designed to measure the equity market performance of developed markets. The Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index is a broad-based benchmark that measures the investment grade, U.S. dollar-denominated, fixed-rate taxable bond market, including Treasuries, government-related and corporate securities, mortgage-backed securities (agency fixed-rate and hybrid ARM pass-throughs), asset-backed securities and commercial mortgage backed securities. The Russell 2000 Index is a market capitalization-weighted index designed to represent the small cap segment of the U.S. equity universe. Index performance is for illustrative purposes only. The indices are unmanaged, do not incur fees or expenses, and cannot be invested in directly.

Alpha is a measure of an investment's return in excess of the market's return, after both have been adjusted for risk.

Beta is a measure of the volatility of an investment relative to the overall market, represented by a comparable benchmark.

Half-life is a statistical measure of the time required for the discrepancy between price and value to contract by half of its starting value. Fundamental value estimates are based on the Dynamic Allocation Strategies team's proprietary research.

P/E Ratio is a measure of valuation which compares share price to earnings per share, calculated using estimates for the next twelve months.

Standard deviation is a statistical measurement of variations from the average.

QUANTITATIVE MODELS—FACTOR DEFINITIONS

The William Blair Earnings Trend Model captures information about short- and medium-term changes in analyst estimates in an attempt to anticipate future estimate changes and stock performance. The score combines measurements of earnings revisions, momentum, and earnings surprise.

The William Blair Valuation Model combines varying metrics used to characterize the relationship between the stock’s trading price and its intrinsic value. By going beyond using only one or two measures, the model attempts to build a more holistic version of a stock’s worth vis-a-vis the market. The score combines measurements of earnings/cash flow based, asset-based, and model-based factors.

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