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Emerging Country Local Debt Strategy

  • Asset Class Fixed Income


The GMO Emerging Country Local Debt Strategy’s objective is total return in excess of its benchmark, the J.P. Morgan Government Bond Index - Emerging Markets Global Diversified (GBI-EMGD). The Strategy invests in local currency emerging debt.

GMO’s Emerging Country Debt team focuses on bottom-up issue selection within sovereign and quasi-sovereign issuers with an emphasis on finding fundamental value, also employing advanced quantitative techniques to assess value across global emerging and frontier interest rate and currency markets. We believe that our approach provides our clients with the best chance for long-term success in this asset class and differentiates us from other emerging debt managers who focus on top-down timing elements.





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.


Victoria Courmes

Portfolio Manager

Ms. Courmes is engaged in portfolio management and research for GMO’s Emerging Country Debt team. Prior to joining GMO full-time in 2016, she worked at Acadian Asset Management as an Associate Portfolio Manager in Emerging Markets Local Bond Funds. Previously, she worked at Lord Abbett as an International Economist and Currency/Local Rates Strategist. Ms. Courmes earned her Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Barry University and her Master of Arts in International Relations from the School of Advanced International Studies at John Hopkins University.



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Risks associated with investing in the Strategy may include: Risks of Non-U.S. Investments, Focused Investment Risk, Currency Risks, Forwards Contracts Risks, and Fixed Income Risks.

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