A total return approach to emerging market debt (EMD), designed to participate on the upside and protect on the downside.

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An all-weather emerging market debt solution designed to navigate market ups & downs.

Why invest in EMD?

As we position for central bank cuts, EMD remains attractive due to its higher income potential, with historically high yields and resilient growth relative to developed markets.

Invest with Principal Finisterre, a top-tier risk manager, to gain access to elevated yields in EMD.

Our investment concept

We seek to potentially capture 90%+ of EMD market1 upside for 50% of its volatility and less than 50% of downside.

  • Consistent returns with low volatility
    Maximisation of income is a key component of performance, complemented by potential capital gains from tactical allocations and relative value opportunities.

  • Designed to be an “all-weather” solution
    Assesses the full EMD market cycle and allocates to U.S. dollar, sovereign or corporate credit, local currency bonds, and foreign exchange assets.

  • Innovative portfolio construction process
    Proprietary scoring system ranks each security as a performance driver (cash, income, alpha, and beta) and monitors allocations based on the market cycle, emphasizing volatility and liquidity.

  • Experienced active EMD investment team
    Actively invests across the entire EMD universe, continuously monitoring liquidity and hedging to limit capital losses during market stress.

Principal Finisterre Emerging Markets Total Return Bond Fund | PFUMX

Overall Morningstar RatingTM 1

As of 03/31/2024 among 224 Emerging Markets Bond Funds.

Morningstar ratings are based on risk-adjusted returns.

Upside/downside capture

The strategy has been able to deliver on its objective—capturing most of the upside, with much lower downside participation during major EMD market events.

Composite performance: Finisterre’s composite track record (gross of fees) vs. main EMD market indices

Infographic showing Finisterre emerging market total return bond fund track record vs. main EMD market indices
Disclosure

Source: Principal Finisterre. Data as of 31 August 2023. Chart reflects gross of fees performance of the Finisterre Emerging Market Total Return Composite. For illustrative purposes only. The Blended Index is the JP Morgan EM Equal Weight Total Return Index which is currently 33.3% CEMBI Broad Diversified, 33.3% EMBI Global Diversified, and 33.3% GBI-EM Global Diversified, gross of withholdings taxes, rebased monthly. The benchmark was changed retroactively on 30 April 2017 back to 1 June 2013. This change is due to the fact that the current benchmark more accurately reflects the investment strategies of the composite. No leverage cost assumed. Additional information concerning this is available on request. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance.

Upside/downside capture during major EMD market events

Our objective is to deliver more resilient and predictable returns from an EMD allocation, aiming at maximizing income and upside capture while minimizing downside capture and volatility throughout the EMD asset price cycle. Using our unique approach, we aim to deliver the income and return opportunities available across the entire EMD universe in a risk-managed way, such that EMD can become a resilient core allocation in your portfolio.

Finisterre Emerging Market Total Return Bond Fund (class I) track record versus main EMD market indices
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Infographic showing Finisterre emerging market total return bond fund track record vs. main EMD market indices
Disclosure

Source: Principal Finisterre. As of March 31, 2024. Chart reflects performance for the Finisterre Emerging Market Total Return Bond Fund Class I. The Blended Index is the JP Morgan EM Equal Weight Total Return Index which is currently 33.3% CEMBI Broad Diversified, 33.3% EMBI Global Diversified, and 33.3% GBI-EM Global Diversified, gross of withholdings taxes, rebased monthly. The benchmark was changed retroactively on April 30, 2017 back to August 1, 2016. This change is due to the fact that the current benchmark more accurately reflects the investment strategies of the fund. No leverage cost assumed. Additional information concerning this is available on request.

Important index information:

Indices are unmanaged and do not take into account fees, expenses, and transaction costs and it is not possible to invest in an index.

  • The J.P. Morgan Emerging Market Bond Index Global Diversified (EMBIGD) is a uniquely weighted USD-denominated emerging markets sovereign index. The diversification methodology limits the weights of the larger index countries by only including a specified portion of those countries' eligible face amount outstanding, thus reducing single issuer concentration and providing a more even distribution of weights.
  • The J.P. Morgan CEMBI Broad Diversified Index (CEMBIB Div) tracks the performance of US dollar-denominated bonds issued by emerging market corporate entities. The diversification methodology limits the weights of the larger index countries by only including a specified portion of those countries' eligible face amount outstanding, thus reducing single issuer concentration and providing a more even distribution of weights.
  • The J.P. Morgan Emerging Market Bond Index Global Diversified (GBI-EM Gl Div) is a uniquely weighted local currency denominated emerging markets sovereign index. The diversification methodology limits the weights of the larger index countries by only including a specified portion of those countries' eligible face amount outstanding, thus reducing single issuer concentration and providing a more even distribution of weights.

Principal Finisterre Emerging Markets Debt Total Return strategy

Emerging market debt (EMD) is rightly seen as a key provider of potentially higher yield and diversification for a global portfolio. With exposure to the world's fastest-growing economies, EMD offers investors attractive income, growth, and risk diversification. The strategy:

  • Aims to capture most of the market upside, with half the downside during major market events.

  • Helps provide potential income and capital gains across market cycles.

  • Since inception (07/01/2016), the fund has delivered on its objective and has been tested in difficult market conditions.

  • A specialist EMD investment manager, founded in London in 2002.

  • As of 31 March 2024, the team manages $4.2 billion of assets.

  • Offering the strength of a dedicated EMD solution provider, backed by a global asset management leader.

  • The team has an average market experience of 14 years with deep experience managing portfolios through market dislocations.

Damien Buchet, CFA

Damien Buchet, CFA

Chief Investment Officer

32 years investment experience

Christopher Watson, CFA

Christopher Watson, CFA

Senior Portfolio Manager

25 years investment experience

Citywire A rating

A rated - Citywire Fund Manager Ratings

About Principal Finisterre

Principal Finisterre is an EMD specialized investment team dedicated to finding opportunities within the diversified emerging market universe through various market cycles. We are unconstrained, flexible, adaptive, and independent specialist investors in EMD, offering total return and diversified income strategies to a wide range of investors.

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1 For the purpose of the above statement, we define the market as per our composite performance comparator which is currently 33.3% CEMBI (USD EM Corporates) / 33.3% EMBIG (USD EM Sovereigns) / 33.3% GBI-EM (EM local currency bonds).

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Past performance does not guarantee future results.

Fixed‐income investment options are subject to interest rate risk, and their value will decline as interest rates rise. International and global investing involves greater risks such as currency fluctuations, political/social instability, and differing accounting standards. Risk is magnified in emerging markets, which may lack established legal, political, business, or social structures to support securities markets. Emerging market debt may be subject to heightened default and liquidity risk. Risk management techniques seek to mitigate or reduce risk but cannot remove it.

Principal Finisterre is an investment team within Principal Global Investors.

Source & Copyright: CITYWIRE. Portfolio managers are A rated by Citywire for 3 year risk-adjusted performance for the period 31 March 2021 - 31 March 2024. Citywire’s exclusive methodology ranks fund managers based on their individual track records across all funds they manage globally.

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1 Overall Morningstar Rating™ as of March 31, 2024 reflects the I share class in the Emerging Markets Bond Morningstar Category and is out of 224 Funds. For the other time periods ratings are Class I, 3-year (4 stars/224 funds), 5-year (5 stars/209 funds), 10-year, not rated.

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Investing involves risk, including possible loss of principal.

Past performance does not guarantee future results.

Emerging market debt may be subject to heightened default and liquidity risk. Investing in emerging markets has associated risks including currency risk, confiscatory taxation, nationalization of assets, possibility of expropriation, volatility, liquidity and external factors e.g. war or natural disasters. Fixed‐income investment options are subject to interest rate risk, and their value will decline as interest rates rise.

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The Morningstar Rating™ for funds, or “star rating,” is calculated for managed products (including mutual funds, variable annuity and variable life subaccounts, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, and separate accounts) with at least a three-year history. Exchange traded funds and open-ended mutual funds are considered a single population for comparative purposes. It is calculated based on a Morningstar risk-adjusted return measure that accounts for variation in a managed product's monthly excess performance, placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of products in each product category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars, and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. The Overall Morningstar Rating for a managed product is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five-, and 10-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. The weights are: 100% three-year rating for 36-59 months of total returns, 60% five-year rating/40% three-year rating for 60-119 months of total returns, and 50% 10-year rating/30% five-year rating/20% three-year rating for 120 or more months of total returns. While the 10-year overall star rating formula seems to give the most weight to the 10-year period, the most recent three-year period actually has the greatest impact because it is included in all three rating periods. Morningstar ratings do not reflect the inclusion of sales charges. If sales charges were reflected, ratings could be lower.

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