ING Investment Management launched the Frontier Markets Debt Hard Currency fund on December 9. This fund will invest in the Frontier Markets universe and will target outperformance of the JP Morgan Next Generation Markets (NEXGEM) Index by active management.
The firm highlights that “the fund is an attractive addition to the current offering from the Emerging Markets Debt (EMD) boutique enabling clients to receive broader EMD strategy selection and experienced EMD investors to implement their EMD views more specifically. This fund further strengthens ING Investment Management’s reputation as a pioneer EMD manager”.
The fund was launched with a USD 100 million contribution in kind from the Emerging Markets Debt Hard Currency fund, partially replacing its direct existing frontier markets debt exposure.
ING is a pioneer in the EMD strategies with one of the longest track records in the industry dating back to 1993 (for EMD Hard Currency) and 1998 (for EMD Local Currency). The firm has been investing in Frontier Markets since 1993. Jeremy Brewin, head of the team, has relevant investment experience since 1974. Jeremy has also been named as a ‘’Top Performing EMD Manager’’ by Citiwire. Both Marco Ruijer and Daniel Eustaquio; Portfolio Managers have 15 years’ experience respectively. Furthermore, many of the team members have deep roots in emerging/frontier countries, providing valuable perspective and understanding of the dynamics of these economies.
ING IM has a historically strong commitment to emerging markets. Its key strength in Frontier Markets is ING IM’s global multi-site team, organized to correspond with the three core time zones that span Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas. EMEA region is covered from The Hague, Latin America is covered from Atlanta and Asia is covered from Singapore. According to the firm, the multi-site approach is also instrumental to trade the portfolios around the clock maximizing regional information access and better liquidity conditions found in major markets such as Hong Kong and Singapore, London and New York during local peak hours.