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Untapped opportunities in EM illiquid credit

With 66% of pension funds considered cashflow negative, investors face a serious returns challenge. We believe emerging markets present a largely untapped opportunity for investors to meet their long-term goals through the use of illiquid credit allocations.

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Over the last decade, many institutional investors have turned to illiquid and private credit strategies in the developed markets – initially in the US followed by Europe – as an attractive alternative to raise portfolio yields and lower volatility.

But in an economic environment where low yields put pressure on target returns, we are seeing untapped opportunities in a broader investment landscape.

Selectively increasing a portfolio’s geographic remit to include EM illiquid credit could enable long-term investors to access a compelling opportunity set that can offer a meaningful boost to returns and lower duration without increasing underlying risk.

In our view, by allocating just 5-10% of private credit portfolios to EM illiquid credit, investors have the potential to:

  • increase returns on their private credit portfolio by approximately 50bps
  • reduce overall duration and interest-rate sensitivity
  • introduce an uncorrelated asset class.


We dig into the investment case for broadening your geographical remit to access this compelling opportunity set in our latest deep-dive paper.

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