The ERSTE BOND EMERGING MARKETS CORPORATE fund celebrates its 10th anniversary. “Since our start in this asset class, the universe of emerging markets corporate bonds has matured noticeably,” says Péter Varga, Senior Professional Fund Manager, Emerging Market Corporates with Erste AM. The expert is convinced that in the future, bonds from companies based in emerging markets (i.e. emerging markets corporate bonds) might even play a bigger role.

“We were one of the pioneering asset managers in this asset class back in the days, but meanwhile the market has quintupled in size. At a volume of USD 1.7 trillion, it almost matches the US high-yield market today.”

Péter Varga, Senior Professional Fund Manager Emerging Market Corporates with Erste AM

An attractive alternative to US high-yield bonds

Emerging markets corporate bonds are an attractive asset class in particular for institutional investors with a longer investment horizon. “Companies based in the emerging markets are significantly less leveraged than companies from the developed world. The average credit rating is in a bandwidth of BBB- to BB+, i.e. at the threshold to the high-yield segment,” explains Varga. However, the aggregate debt load of all emerging markets companies is only half of that of US high-yield issuers. “For issuers, this means: similar yields as in the US high-yield segment at a much lower fundamental risk”, says the expert.

Since the launch of ERSTE BOND EMERGING MARKETS CORPORATE in 2007, Varga and his team have achieved an annualised performance of 6.26%. The fund management team has received numerous awards due to this track record. Assets under management currently amount to EUR 439.95mn (as of 31 July 2017). The fund management team in charge manages about EUR 1.7bn worth of emerging markets corporate bonds (that includes mutual funds and institutional mandates).


Calculated according to the OeKB method. The performance data take into account the management fee, but do not take into account the one-off load of up to 3.5% due at the time of issue nor other costs that diminish performance such as account and depositary fees. Past performance is not indicative of the future development of the fund.

Outperformance versus market

By means of cumulative returns, it can be seen that we have been able to generate an outperformance for our clients over nearly all investment periods. The basis for this accomplishment was the consistency in fund management and investment style as well as focus on risk management.

Outperformance during market corrections

One of the compelling features of the fund is the focus on stability. The aim of the fund manager is to avoid losers and to implement a rather conservative investment approach in order to be able to offer a smooth performance path even in erratic markets. By taking a look at the past ten years, it goes to show that strategic, long-term investors benefited most from the management of downside risk. A look at some of the most recent significant market downturns shows that so far we did a good job in achieving this aim. 

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