The international bond market has come to represent a particularly lucrative opportunity for investors. Though the U.S. bond market continues to attract investors, it has featured infrequently among the best performing international markets. Today international markets represent more than half of the world’s fixed income investment opportunities. Further, the presence of foreign fixed income securities in a portfolio helps protect capital invested against currency fluctuations. With their widely diversified holdings, mutual funds offer a secure route to investing in the international bond market.
Below we will share with you the 5 highest yielding Zacks #1 ranked international bond mutual funds. Each has earned a Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) as we expect these mutual funds to outperform their peers in the future. To view the Zacks Rank and past performance of all international bond funds, investors can click here to see the complete list of funds.
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T. Rowe Price Emerging Markets Bond
J.P.Morgan Emerging Markets Debt
Fidelity New Markets Income
Goldman Sachs Emerging Markets Debt A
GMO Currency Hedged International Bond III
The international bond mutual fund has an expense ratio of 0.94% compared to a category average of 1.26%.
J.P.Morgan Emerging Markets Debt (JEMDX) invests in fixed income securities issued from developing economies which are expected to provided high total return. The fund may also invest in high yielding bonds with low credit ratings. The international bond mutual fund returned 13.32% in the last one year period.
As of January 2012, this international bond mutual fund held 175 issues, with 8.79% of its total assets invested in Russian Federation 7.5%.
Fidelity New Markets Income (FNMIX) seeks a high level of current income. The fund invests a large proportion of its assets in emerging market securities and other instruments related to such markets. It is a non diversified fund and may also invest in other instruments. The international bond mutual fund returned 15.08% in the last one year period.
John H. Carlson is the fund manager and he has managed this international bond mutual fund since 1995.
Goldman Sachs Emerging Markets Debt A (GSDAX) invests the majority of its assets in debt securities issued from emerging markets. The average maturity period of securities which make up the fund are identical to those included in the J.P. Morgan EMBI Global Diversified Index. The international bond mutual fund returned 13.44% in the last one year period.
The international bond mutual fund has an expense ratio of 1.22% compared to a category average of 1.26%.
GMO Currency Hedged International Bond III (GMHBX) seeks total return higher than its benchmark, the J.P. Morgan Non-U.S. government Bond Index (Hedged) (ex-Japan). The fund invests a large share of its assets in bonds and is non-diversified. The international bond mutual fund returned 10.48% in the last one year period.
Thomas Cooper is the fund manager and he has managed this international bond mutual fund since 1994.
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