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Emerging Market Debt - Hard Currency Fund

UCITS Fund | Fixed Income

Emerging Market Debt - Hard Currency Fund

SFDR Classification | Article 8

Provides exposure to emerging market hard currency sovereign opportunities offering both income and investment returns

Why Invest

Broad Emerging Market Debt Credit Exposure

Integrated credit portfolio that provides the opportunity to invest in dozens of countries, yield curves, industry sectors and issuers across rating buckets, denominated in major currencies

A Robust, Active Research Process

Combines bottom-up analysis with proprietary coverage of 90+ EM countries and integration of ESG factors into the fund’s fundamental investment analysis with a top-down asset allocation framework

Experienced, Stable and Well-Resourced Team

Managed by a well-established investment team with a long-term track record in managing EMD strategies and a multi-site set-up to ensure local perspective is incorporated

This is a marketing communication in respect of the Neuberger Berman Emerging Market Debt Hard Currency Fund. Please refer to the fund prospectus and offering documents, including the Key Information Document (“KID”) or Key Investor Information Document (“KIID”) as applicable, before making any final investment decisions. Investors should note that by making an investment they will own shares in the fund, and not the underlying assets.

The fund complies with the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (the “SFDR”) and is classified as an Article 8 SFDR fund. Neuberger Berman believes that Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) factors, like any other factor, should be incorporated in a manner appropriate for the specific asset class, investment objective and style of each investment strategy.

Key Risks

Market Risk: The risk of a change in the value of a position as a result of underlying market factors, including among other things, the overall performance of companies and the market perception of the global economy.

Liquidity Risk: The risk that the fund may be unable to sell an investment readily at its fair market value. In extreme market conditions this can affect the fund’s ability to meet redemption requests upon demand.

Emerging Markets Risk: Emerging markets are likely to bear higher risk due to a possible lack of adequate financial, legal, social, political and economic structures, protection and stability as well as uncertain tax positions which may lead to lower liquidity. The NAV of the fund may experience medium to high volatility due to lower liquidity and the availability of reliable information, as well as due to the fund's investment policies or portfolio management techniques.

Credit Risk: The risk that bond issuers may fail to meet their interest repayments, or repay debt, resulting in temporary or permanent losses to the fund.

Interest Rate Risk: The risk of interest rate movements affecting the value of fixed-rate bonds.

Derivatives Risk: The fund is permitted to use certain types of financial derivative instruments (including certain complex instruments). This may increase the fund’s leverage significantly which may cause large variations in the value of your share. Investors should note that the fund may achieve its investment objective by investing principally in Financial Derivative Instruments (FDI). There are certain investment risks that apply in relation to the use of FDI. The fund’s use of FDI can involve significant risks of loss.

Counterparty Risk: The risk that a counterparty will not fulfil its payment obligation for a trade, contract or other transaction, on the due date.

Operational Risk: The risk of direct or indirect loss resulting from inadequate or failed processes, people and systems including those relating to the safekeeping of assets or from external events.

Currency Risk: Investors who subscribe in a currency other than the base currency of the fund are exposed to currency risk. Fluctuations in exchange rates may affect the return on investment. Where past performance is shown it is based on the share class to which this webpage relates. If the currency of this share class is different from your local currency, then you should be aware that due to exchange rate fluctuations the performance shown may increase or decrease if converted into your local currency.


For full information on the risks please refer to the fund prospectus and offering documents, including the KID or KIID, as applicable.

Performance and Exposures
Fund Facts

The ongoing charge figure (incl. management fee) is based on the annual expenses for the period ending 31 December 2023.

The fund’s benchmark name shown here may be abbreviated. Please refer to the supplement for the full benchmark name.

Portfolio Management Team
Rob Drijkoningen
Senior Portfolio Manager and Global Co-Head of Emerging Markets Debt - Head of Fixed Income Europe
34 Years of Industry Experience
11 Years with Neuberger Berman
Gorky Urquieta
Senior Portfolio Manager and Global Co-Head of Emerging Markets Debt
30 Years of Industry Experience
11 Years with Neuberger Berman
Bart van der Made
Senior Portfolio Manager
27 Years of Industry Experience
11 Years with Neuberger Berman
Rob Drijkoningen, Senior Portfolio Manager and Global Co-Head of Emerging Markets Debt - Head of Fixed Income Europe

Rob Drijkoningen, Managing Director, joined the firm in 2013. Rob is a Co-Head of the Emerging Markets Debt team and Senior Portfolio Manager responsible for over $24.5 bn in AuM in EMD¹ and 34 investment professionals. Rob joined the firm after working at ING Investment Management for almost 18 years, most recently as the global co-head of the Emerging Markets Debt team responsible for managing over $16 billion in assets. In 1990, Rob began his career on the sell-side at Nomura and Goldman Sachs, after which he became senior investment manager for global fixed income at ING Investment Management. In 1997 he became global head of the Emerging Markets Debt team and in 2004 was named global head of the Emerging Markets Debt and High Yield teams. From 2007 through 2009 Rob created and led ING Investment Management’s Multi-Asset Group in Europe, managing mandates across asset classes including fixed income, equities, real estate and commodities. In 2009 he was appointed global head of emerging markets for both emerging markets equity and debt strategies. Rob earned his Macro-Economics degree from Erasmus University in Rotterdam and has authored numerous articles on emerging markets debt subjects. He is a member of DSI.

1. As of June 30, 2020

Gorky Urquieta, Senior Portfolio Manager and Global Co-Head of Emerging Markets Debt
Gorky Urquieta, Managing Director, joined the firm in 2013. Gorky is a Portfolio Manager and Co-Head of the Emerging Markets Debt team. He joined the firm from ING Investment Management where he was most recently global co-head of EMD, responsible for global emerging markets debt external and local currency strategies. Gorky joined ING in 1997 as a member of Emerging Markets Investors, a hedge fund manager affiliated with ING Furman Selz Asset Management, where he conducted analysis of sovereign and corporate bonds and loans, local currency investments and equities. Previously, Gorky worked at Dart Container Corporation where he was part of a research and trading team active in emerging and developed markets. He obtained a BA in Business Administration from the Bolivian Catholic University in La Paz, Bolivia, and a Master’s degree in Finance from the University of Wisconsin.
Bart van der Made, Senior Portfolio Manager
Bart van der Made, CFA, Managing Director, joined the firm in 2013. Bart is a Lead Portfolio Manager on the Emerging Markets Debt team, responsible for managing EMD Hard Currency portfolios. Prior to joining the firm, Bart held various roles at ING Investment Management, most recently since 2009, as lead portfolio manager of emerging markets debt (hard currency). From 2005 onwards, he was a senior portfolio manager and before that was the EMD economist – the role in which he joined in 2000. He began his career in 1997 as econometrician at ING Group in the country risk department, writing emerging market country risk reports and working on quantifying country risk. He earned a Master’s degree in Econometrics from Erasmus University in Rotterdam. Bart has been awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
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