Emerging Market Local Currency Review - 2nd Quarter 2018
The JP Morgan GBI-EM Global Diversified Index (the "Index") returned -10.40% for the 2nd quarter of 2018 as emerging market ("EM") assets came under increasing pressure. The yield on the Index rose 59 basis points (bps) over the quarter to 6.59% while similar duration 5-yr maturity U.S. Treasury bond yields rose 18bps to 2.74%.

A significant contributor to the weaker quarterly returns came from weaker emerging market currencies versus the U.S. dollar. These weaker currencies on average contributed -8.34% to the Index return. Higher emerging market bond yields contributed to the remaining negative returns.

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Posted on Monday, August 13, 2018 @ 12:02 PM

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