Carmignac P. EM Debt: Letter from the Fund Manager

  • Author(s)
    Joseph Mouawad
  • Published
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  • +10.06%
    Carmignac P. EM Debt’s performance

    in the 1st quarter of 2023 for the FW EUR Share class

  • +3.30%
    Reference indicator’s performance

    in the 1st quarter of 2023 for JP Morgan GBI – Emerging Markets Global Diversified Composite Unhedged EUR Index

  • +10.49%
    3-year annualized performance

    versus +1.21% for the reference indicator over the period

Carmignac P. EM Debt gained +10.06% in the first quarter of 2023, while its reference indicator1 was up +3.30%.

Market environment

During the first quarter of 2023 we have continued to see high levels of volatility across markets. While we saw the market pricing the end of rate hikes in the US in January the NFP (Non-Farm Payrolls) data published on the 3rd of February repriced the hikes until we started to see bank stress in the US and Europe.

US Terminal Rate


In this environment the EM sovereign credits performed well in January and remained stable in February, but the sharp rally in rates of March did not translate to a rally in the credit, especially the high yield (HY). The Local rates have been the best behaved in the EM universe in this period of volatility. Latam rates continued to remain stable despite higher rates in the US while the CE3 region enjoyed a strong rally over the quarter. Indeed, in EM inflation pressures have started to ease during 2022 thanks to the restrictive actions taken early by central banks. Importantly we have also seen towards the end of the quarter the drop in Global food prices which translates to some domestic food inflation.

Global Food Prices Index


Sources: Carmignac, Bloomberg, 31/03/2023

In the FX space, EM currencies performed well for most of the month versus the USD and EUR, with a significant amount of volatility around the sharp repricing of rates in February as a number of heavily positioned currencies got liquidated.

Performance review

In this context from its positioning the fund was able to make most of its returns from the EM Local Rates as well as the FX. In particular the fund maintained an exposure to CE3 Rates with the Czech Republic and Hungary, which saw significant rallies during the period (January and March). In other regions Korean Rates benefitted from the rally in March. For the Latam region we benefitted from the Brazilian rates, but for the MXN Banxico caught the market by surprise with a 50bps hike impacting the fund performance.

The FX was the second source of performance largely thanks to positions in Latam, a region with some of the highest real rates in the world and in particular for BRL, CLP and MXN. EMEA was the second region of performance with the HUF continuing its stabilization vs the EUR and CZK rallying from the central bank’s policy and improving external balances.

Outlook for the next months

Going forward we think that given the stress that we have seen on the financial system it is unlikely that we can continue to reprice the terminal rates higher. Furthermore, we expect that the impact of the tightening that we have seen is starting to impact economies, with property prices correcting in a number of countries, financial system stress, etc…

In this context we think that EM local rates are going to continue to play an important role in the fund, in particular rates in Brazil should be able to price further cuts as the new fiscal framework is published and the political noise drops. Also, Mexican rates are interesting as a proxy to US rates but starting from a tighter stance and a slower economy. Finally, in CE3 we continue to like Czech rates as well as Hungarian rates.

In FX, while we like to be invested in high carry currencies such as the CZK or the BRL, we are going to remain flexible in the currency allocation. In particular if we start seeing rate cuts sooner than expected, EM FX will be under pressure vs the USD or the EUR. Regarding our exposure to External debt and given the lack of correction in the global risk despite the increased stress we remain cautious and focused on idiosyncratic stories while maintaining a relatively high level of protection via CDS.

Sources: Carmignac, Bloomberg, 31/03/2023

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Carmignac Portfolio EM Debt FW EUR Acc

ISIN: LU1623763734
2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 (YTD)
Year to date
Carmignac Portfolio EM Debt FW EUR Acc - - - +1.10 % -9.97 % +28.88 % +10.54 % +3.93 % -9.05 % +15.26 % -0.06 %
Reference Indicator - - - +0.42 % -1.48 % +15.56 % -5.79 % -1.82 % -5.90 % +8.89 % -0.82 %

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3 Years 5 Years 10 Years
Carmignac Portfolio EM Debt FW EUR Acc +2.49 % +8.02 % -
Reference Indicator +0.94 % +0.72 % -

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Source: Carmignac at 30/04/2024

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