Part of the steady uptick in investment in emerging market fixed income is due to the appearance of new players from the emerging markets themselves.

“Now these countries have developed to the point where they have their own pension plans,” says Luz Padilla, senior portfolio manager of the emerging markets fixed income strategy at DoubleLine Capital in Los Angeles. And they are comfortable investing in their neighbors who they know relatively well, she adds. That investor comfort zone has now stretched to include just about anyone who is investing in fixed income.

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