Meet Wouter

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Wouter Van Overfelt PhD

Head of Emerging Market Corporates, Senior Portfolio Manager

19 years investment experience

8 years with Vontobel

Zurich

Vontobel Asset Management AG

Genferstrasse 27

CH-8022 Zurich

Switzerland

Wouter Van Overfelt joined Vontobel Asset Management in April 2013 as Portfolio Manager in the Emerging Markets Bonds team. In July 2019, he was named Head of Emerging Market Corporates.

Prior to joining Vontobel, from 2012 to 2013, he headed the Business Control of the Central Portfolio Management unit at Gaz de France (GDF) Suez. Before joining GDF, he held various positions at Dexia.  From 2010 to 2012, he was Senior Credit Risk Modeler and member of the Credit Portfolio Modelling and Pricing team at Dexia Group. From 2008 to 2010, he worked as portfolio manager in the Fixed Income Team at Dexia Asset Management, where he managed credit and total return bond funds. He started his career in 2002, modeling credit spreads on high yield bonds.

Wouter Van Overfelt holds a PhD as well as a Master’s in Applied Economics from the University of Antwerp.

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Emerging market corporate bonds: a paradise, if actively managed

From an active manager’s point of view, risk premiums are currently very high in emerging markets and make their corporate bonds an attractive asset class in the stubborn low-rate environment. Wouter van Overfelt, portfolio manager of our Emerging Markets Corporate Bond portfolio, is ready to take advantage of the broad and promising opportunity set, applying a tried and tested investment strategy.

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