After a difficult year of 2022 on the markets, many asset classes saw rebounding performances in 2023. While the central banks' turnaround on interest rates ensured a “return to normality” on the bond market, the focus on the equity market was primarily on technology companies. In the Funds exclusive series, the fund managers of selected funds look back on developments of the previous year and give their assessment of what the markets could expect in 2024. (Note: Prognoses are not a reliable indicator of future performance.)

"Interest rate developments in the fight against inflation and the associated economic growth issues, as well as global geopolitical unrest, will remain decisive for performance."

Felix Dornaus, fund manager ERSTE BOND EM GOVERNMENT

Fund & Performance

ERSTE BOND EM GOVERNMENT primarily invests in government bonds from global emerging markets. In addition, corporate bonds from issuers in this region can also be added. The securities include both investment grade and high yield bonds.

Note: Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance.

Performance since start of the fund. The performance is calculated in accordance with the OeKB method. The management fee as well as any performance-related remuneration is already included. The issue premium which might be applicable on purchase and as well as any individual transaction specific costs or ongoing costs that reduce earnings (e.g. account- and deposit fees) have not been taken into account in this presentation.

Commentary by fund manager Felix Dornaus

How did the fund perform in 2023?

Despite a difficult market environment characterised by rising interest rates, particularly in the USA, global growth fears and geopolitical tensions (war in Ukraine and war in the Middle East), the fund achieved a positive performance of 6.8%.


What was the focus of the fund in 2023?

We managed to minimise the impact of macroeconomic crises in individual countries in the investment universe on the fund's performance through selective underweighting in good time. Debt restructuring candidates such as Pakistan, Ghana, Gabon, Zambia, and Lebanon are cases in point. We maintained underweights in Jordan and Iraq. The fund never had any exposure to Israel.

The fund responded to the risk of interest rate rises by positioning itself more strongly in assets with shorter remaining time to maturity. However, this protection resulted in lower current interest income.

We overweighted countries with a more relaxed refinancing capability (especially fiscal situation and current account).


What does the fund management team expect for 2024 in terms of global economy and trends?

Interest rate developments in the fight against inflation and the associated economic growth issues in the USA, Europe, and China, as well as global geopolitical unrest, will remain decisive for performance. We do not expect systemically relevant risks within the investment universe of growth markets. The growth differential between the developed and the emerging markets is likely to develop in favour of the latter.


What are your priorities in the fund, based on your expectations?

Comparatively higher economic growth, fiscal resilience, and low vulnerability in terms of refinancing capacity will remain the guiding criteria for the investment decisions of our fund management team. Avoiding debt restructuring situations, particularly in the frontier market segment (= preliminary stage of development towards emerging market), remains significant for performance. Easing pressure on raising interest rates in the developed markets will be reflected in maturity management.


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