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Emerging economies have kept debt in check

Equity markets in the US, Japan, and Europe have rallied significantly and have outperformed emerging markets for the year. However, this will be a one year anomaly as borrowing and printing money does not drive prosperity. While Western countries have used the slow economy as a chance to rationalize excessive government borrowing and spending, emerging economies have been able to maintain stability in their governments’ balance sheets. Debt to GDP ratios have climbed in the US, Japan, the UK and the Eurozone rapidly since 2000.

Italy and Greece, which already had debt levels above 100% back in 2000, show the long term consequences of excessive government spending. Their economies are two of the world’s slowest growing economies in the 21st century. The rest of the heavily indebted countries could face the same struggle. They will have to choose whether to cause a recession through a “fiscal cliff” style austerity or continue deficit spending until a debt crisis or high inflation erodes the real purchasing power of the country’s citizens. Both outcomes are severe anchors to future real GDP growth.

Emerging economies on the other hand have kept debt in check. If a Chinese hard landing slows down the region, Asian economies have the cash reserves to stimulate the economy. In addition, emerging central banks can allow domestic currencies to appreciate and stimulate consumption through increased real purchasing power. A rising currency may cost these countries exports in the short term, but those will decline already due to the struggles in Western economies.

With Debt to GDP ratios in emerging markets countries lower due to the higher growth in the region verses developed nations, emerging market debt provides a less volatile option to investors. We have seen equity like returns from this asset class within the past year and it should continue to offer great returns and diversification to investors worldwide.  

Written by Sam A.

Debt Levels Will See Developed World Underperform Emerging Markets


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Institutions are increasingly searching for alternative yields…

Melanie Trimbell, of the Financial Standard, recently wrote Fund Managers are bullish on Bonds due to the recent announcement of QE3 and the ECB’s concerted bond buying program.

In an interview with Trimbell, Geoff Pidgeon head of asset management for HSBC in Australia said “ institutions are increasingly searching for alternative yields”.

The article does a good job of explaining the dynamics of the fixed income market in terms of local denominated fixed income and hard currency, or USD denominated, fixed income. Historically emerging markets offered higher yields but were not considered safe havens. However recent noticeable momentum in spreads and fundamental resilience in Asia’s corporate fixed income space has led to Asia fixed income having increased appeal.

The Excel Income Funds have done a great job for investors in participating in yield enhanced geographic areas ,such as Asian Fixed Income, as well as other regions that Sergei Strigo identifies as having momentum.

Written by Jack S.

Read more [webpage]: http://www.financialstandard.com.au/news/view/23140897


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Excel Latin America Bond Fund (TSX: ELA.UN) Announces Quarterly Distribution of $0.21923 per unit

TORONTO, September 19th, 2012 – Excel Funds Management Inc. (“Excel”) is pleased to announce the tax – advantaged distribution for the quarter ended September 30, 2012 of $0.21923 per unit for the Excel Latin America Bond Fund (the “Fund”).  The distributions will be payable on October 15, 2012 to unit holders of record on September 30th, 2012. The distribution for the quarter ended September 30, 2012 is higher than the targeted quarterly distribution of $0.19375 per unit (an annualized expected yield of 7.75%) as it has been pro-rated from the period June 19, 2012 (date of inception of the Fund) to September 30, 2012.

Since the Fund’s launch on June 19th, 2012, its units have consistently traded above both its Net Asset Value per unit (“NAV”) and its $10.00 issue price.

Excel is Canada’s only emerging markets focused mutual fund provider and the Excel Investment Council Inc. (the “Portfolio Manager”) is a multiple Lipper Fund Award winner. Pioneering emerging markets investing over 14 years ago, Excel has been partnering exclusively with best-in-class, on-the-ground portfolio managers that bring Canadian investors first hand insight and expertise in these flourishing economies. Excel proudly calls itself Your Authority in Emerging Markets.

BTG Pactual, the Fund’s sub-advisor, is one of Latin America’s leading independent asset managers and had over U.S. $45 billion in assets under management as at December 31, 2011. Standard and Poor’s has awarded them the 2011 and 2012 Best Fixed Income Fund Manager distinctions.

About Excel Latin America Bond Fund

The Fund’s investment objectives are to (i) provide quarterly tax-advantaged distributions consisting primarily of returns of capital; and (ii) preserve and provide the opportunity to increase the net asset value of the Fund, in each case, through exposure to an actively managed, diversified portfolio consisting primarily of U.S. dollar denominated fixed income securities issued by companies located in Latin America, with an initial focus on Brazil.  The Portfolio Manager intends to hedge substantially all of the value of the portfolio to the Canadian dollar.

Units of the Fund trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol ELA.UN.

For further information, please contact your financial advisor, call our investor relations line at 1-888-813-9813 or visit our website at http://www.excelfunds.com.

Grant Patterson

Chief Compliance Officer

Excel Funds Management Inc.

905-817-2964

Certain statements contained in this news release constitute forward-looking information within the meaning of Canadian securities laws. Forward-looking information may relate to the future outlook of the Fund and anticipated distributions, events or results and may include statements regarding the future financial performance of the Fund. In some cases, forward-looking information can be identified by terms such as “may”, “will”, “should”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “intend” or other similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts. Actual results may vary from such forward-looking information.

The securities offered have not been registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or any state securities laws. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities within the United States.