Emerging Markets Bond Fund


Updated October 11, 2019


Seeks maximum total return, consistent with preservation of capital and prudent investment management

Primary Portfolio

Fixed income instruments issued in emerging market countries


Fund Overview

Risk-managed exposure to emerging markets

PIMCO Emerging Markets Bond Fund takes a value-focused approach to accessing some of the world’s fastest growing economies, with actively managed investments in U.S. dollar-denominated EM debt.

Why Invest In This Fund

A value-focused approach

The fund aims to capture EM’s higher yield and growth potential while moderating the heightened risks of the asset class. The investment team pursues this goal by deploying PIMCO’s top-down/bottom-up process to carefully research and select intermediate-term U.S. dollar-denominated bonds issued by EM countries.

Enhanced portfolio diversification

EM bonds have had relatively low historical correlations with other fixed income assets, such as U.S. Treasuries, and may help enhance overall portfolio diversification. While diversification can reduce risk, it does not guarantee a profit or necessarily protect against loss.

Improving EM fundamentals

As advanced economies continue to expand their balance sheets, many emerging countries have low or declining debt-to-GDP ratios while still providing higher yields than their developed market counterparts. PIMCO’s deep EM expertise helps the team evaluate prospects for each country and invest selectively for the fund.

Our Expertise

The fund is managed by Pramol Dhawan, a managing director and co-chair of the emerging markets portfolio committee with 15 years of experience, Yacov Arnopolin, an executive vice president in our London office with 19 years of experience, and Javier Romo, a senior vice president in our Newport Beach office with 16 years of experience. The expert team draws on our time-tested investment process, which combines macroeconomic forecasting with rigorous bottom-up credit research. PIMCO has been managing EM portfolios since 1997.


JPMorgan Emerging Markets Bond Index (EMBI) Global


JPMorgan Emerging Markets Bond Index (EMBI) Global tracks total returns for United States Dollar denominated debt instruments issued by emerging market sovereign and quasi-sovereign entities: Brady bonds, loans, and Eurobonds. It is not possible to invest directly in an unmanaged index.


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Javier Romo began managing the fund on 2 May 2019. Pramol Dhawan began managing the fund on 12 June 2019.

Pramol Dhawan

Head of Emerging Markets Portfolio Management

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Yacov Arnopolin

Portfolio Manager, Emerging Markets

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Javier Romo

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