Markets Debt

Seeking to deliver alpha through our expertise in a misunderstood market

Reasons to invest

Alpha from multiple sources

Alpha from multiple sources: sovereign, quasi, and corporate credits.

Sovereign and corporate research capabilities

Extensive sovereign and corporate research capabilities with geopolitical and industry specialisation.

Global themes

Global themes permeate the process and influence long-term investment decisions.

Rigorous risk management framework

Capturing themes and opportunities implemented through strategic, tactical, and opportunistic positioning, within a rigorous risk management framework.

Seasoned team

Seasoned team with complementary international backgrounds providing unique perspective on international markets.


Mohammed Elmi

Adding EMD to an investment portfolio can provide essential diversification. In our view, and given that the low-yield environment is here to stay, not holding EMD in a portfolio is a risk in itself.

Mohammed Elmi, CFA
- Lead Portfolio Manager

Why Emerging Markets Debt?

Our highly blended approach and rigorous research-driven process allows us to access a broad range of opportunities and exploit inefficiencies in this still-misunderstood market.

Our seasoned EM fixed income team comprises managers and investment professionals with complementary international backgrounds, each of whom brings a unique perspective on global markets.

We combine our bespoke ESG scoring system with the might of Federated Hermes’ industry-leading ESG tools and expertise. This powerful ESG input into the strategy allows our managers to remain highly connected to the sustainability profile of every company we invest in.


We take a unique and dynamic approach to risk. Supported by industry-leading proprietary credit tools, our team can identify risks early while still seeking to maximise returns through intricately researched country and security allocation.


How we invest

Research-driven thinking
Blended approach
Experience on the ground

Investment philosophy

We believe that EM fundamentals are often misunderstood. The region’s sovereigns have lower debt loads than developed market sovereigns, and have the capacity to grow faster out of debt.

By taking a research-driven approach in this highly misunderstood market, we seek to capitalise on the region’s positive demographics and the long-term secular trends. Through country and individual security allocations, and a unique approach to managing risk, we aim to deliver superior returns with less volatility.

We have also developed a proprietary ESG research strategy that is designed specifically for the region and includes working with representatives at the country, industry, and company level to identify the most material ESG-related factors.

Emerging marketing debt investment philosophy

Investment process

The key to our investment process is in research

Emerging market debt investment process

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Ihab Salib

Ihab Salib

Senior Vice President, Senior Portfolio Manager, Head of International Fixed Income Group, Federated Hermes

Jason DeVito

Jason DeVito, CFA

Lead Portfolio Manager, Emerging Markets Debt

Mohammed Elmi

Mohammed Elmi, CFA

Lead Portfolio Manager, Emerging Markets Debt, Federated Hermes

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