Buy-side trading network Liquidnet has added emerging market bonds to its institutional fixed income trading platform.
The decision was a response to increased institutional investor demand for EM bonds and for liquidity in fast growing economies in order to provide diversification, stated Liquidnet.
The initial launch of the new asset class will include both corporate and government bonds in Mexico, Turkey, South Africa, Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland and more markets are planned to be added in 2019.
“The challenges facing asset managers in the emerging markets bonds space are often very similar to the obstacles in the corporate bond market,” said Constantinos Antoniades, Global Head of Fixed Income at Liquidnet.
“So it was an easy decision to extend the network of asset managers, technology, innovation, and streamlined workflow we’ve created in the corporate bond space to emerging markets.”
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