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Superior returns and lower risk in EM IG Corporate bonds

The Emerging View

05 July 2016

Using the longest available benchmark indices, we found that EM IG corporates offer potentially superior returns and lower risk than US IG corporates across time periods, maturity and ratings buckets. This implies that investors should consider reducing exposure to US IG corporate bonds in favour of their EM counterparts. The existence of superior alternatives to developed market IG corporate bonds is particularly important at a time when an increasing amount of the sovereign and corporate bond universe in developed economies pays negative yields.

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