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Emerging Country Debt Strategy

  • Asset Class Fixed Income


The GMO Emerging Country Debt Strategy’s objective is total return in excess of that of its benchmark, the J.P Morgan Emerging Markets Bond Index Global Diversified (EMBIG-D). The Strategy invests primarily in external debt of sovereigns and quasi-sovereigns.

GMO’s Emerging Country Debt team focuses on bottom-up issue selection, seeking to find issues with similar default characteristics but better long-term total return potential than the issues in EMBIG-D. We believe that our approach provides long-term, value-oriented clients with the best chance for total return in this asset class and differentiates us from other emerging debt managers who focus on economic forecasting, market timing, and other macro/top-down approaches.





Tina Vandersteel

Head of Emerging Country Debt

Ms. Vandersteel is the head of GMO’s Emerging Country Debt team. Prior to joining GMO in 2004, she worked at J.P. Morgan in fixed income research developing quantitative arbitrage strategies for emerging debt and high yield bonds. She began her career at Morgan Guaranty Trust, attending Morgan Finance Program #18, before establishing her career in emerging debt. Ms. Vandersteel earned her B.A. in Economics from Washington & Lee University. She is a CFA charterholder.



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Commentary & Attribution

Commentary - Monthly
Commentary - Quarterly
Commentary - Annual
Annual Letter
Mid-Year Letter
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Risks associated with investing in the Strategy may include Credit Risk, Market Risk-Fixed Income Investments, Illiquidity Risk, Derivatives and Short Sales Risk, and Counterparty Risk.

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