On 15-16 March 2018, the Investment Institute and Investec Asset Management held a seminar in London with the objective of informing clients and consultants on the investment processes, philosophy and management of Emerging Market Fixed Income (EMFI). The client seminar included workshops and round table discussion to remain as collaborate and engaging as possible.
Domenico Ferrini, Co-Chief Investment Officer, gave a brief welcome before Werner Gey ven Pittius, Co-Head of EMFI, provided an initial overview of the asset class. Werner focused on the evolution of EMFI before turning attention to the future and the identification of macro and asset class trends that may have a role to play in the coming years.
Emerging debt markets have experienced substantial progression in the past 15 years and Peter Eerdmans, Co-Head of EMFI, outlined the common threads in the investment approach and portfolio construction utilised to take advantage of this. There was also acknowledgment that the investment landscape may provide distinctive portfolio diversification and alpha opportunities in the future. A number of workshops then provided a collaborative environment to discuss the mechanics of the asset class, such as quantitative inputs, decision making processes, dynamic asset allocation and the steps taken when performing a company analysis.
The first day was then wrapped up at a dinner held at The Royal Exchange, London. Over dinner, Duncan Coombe, Head of Organisational Development, spoke about the importance of culture in creating cohesion, maximising performance and ensuring company success.
Day two then began in a similar fashion with a workshop focussed on bottom-up idea generation and discussion around trade idea generation across local debt, currencies and external debt. The remaining time was spent digging deeper into EMFI to ensure clients left with a greater knowledge base and a better understanding of Investec Asset Management. This time consisted of presentations outlining the opportunities for the asset class within African private credit markets and the integration of ESG across the corporate and sovereign portfolios. The event was then brought to a close with multiple viewpoints on the outlook for EMFI and the global strategic and tactical decisions that must be considered to continue the long-term development of the asset class.Return to Investment Institute