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BNY Mellon’s Dreyfus launches emerging markets debt fund

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The Dreyfus Corporation (Dreyfus) has launched the Dreyfus Emerging Markets Debt US Dollar Fund, an actively managed mutual fund. 

The fund's objective is to seek to maximise total return by investing in emerging market bonds and other debt instruments denominated in US dollars including debt issued from government, government-related and corporate issuers. 

"The expanding prominence of emerging economies caused by powerful demographic trends and fundamental improvements has attracted increasing global interest as investors seek enhanced income, growth and diversification opportunities," says Kim Mustin, BNY Mellon Investment Management's Head of North American Distribution.  "Advancements in the asset class have created distinct investment opportunities for US dollar and locally-denominated debt.  We are pleased to add the new US dollar-denominated fund to our existing emerging market debt products, such as the Emerging Market Local Currency Debt Fund and Opportunistic Emerging Markets Debt Fund."

The Fund is sub-advised by Standish Mellon Asset Management Company LLC, and is managed by Alexander Kozhemiakin, head of the emerging market debt team and senior portfolio manager at Standish and Cathy Elmore, emerging market debt portfolio manager at Standish.

The Fund's portfolio managers are supported by a dedicated team of traders and research analysts with an average of more than 14 years of industry experience and responsibility for managing approximately $12 billion in dedicated emerging markets assets. The Fund's managers employ an active investment process that uses in-depth fundamental country and credit analysis. A "top down" analysis of macroeconomic, financial and political variables guides country allocation, while a "bottom-up" analysis of the fundamental measures of an issuer's creditworthiness guides securities selection. 

"We are encouraged by long-term growth prospects and moderate indebtedness of many emerging market countries as well as by business prospects of their companies," says Kozhemiakin. "In general, we believe the asset class offers attractive risk/return opportunities.  However, careful selection of sovereign and corporate opportunities is key, as different emerging market issuers have different credit trajectories.

"We believe that the Fund will be attractive to investors who are looking for a diversified way to seek to take advantage of quality sovereign and corporate opportunities in emerging markets, without subjecting themselves to the heightened volatility generally associated with local-currency exposures.”

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