James W. Valone, CFA has been a fixed income portfolio manager and chair of Wellington Management’s Emerging Markets Debt Strategy Group since its inception in 1999. He and his team manage portfolios invested in the emerging debt and currency markets for a wide range of investors — including pension funds, mutual funds, endowments, and central banks — focusing on the integrity of Wellington’s fixed income investment processes and achieving the investment goals of our clients. Prior to joining the firm, Jim was an emerging markets debt portfolio manager at Baring Asset Management (1997 – 1999). He also worked at Fidelity Investments as an emerging markets debt portfolio manager and regional analyst covering Latin America (1989 – 1997) and at Northwest Quadrant, Inc. in Newport Beach, California, where he was a portfolio manager (1985 – 1987). Jim received his MBA from the University of Chicago (1989) and his BA in economics from Pomona College (1985). Additionally, he holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
The Emerging and Sovereign Opportunities Portfolio seeks to generate an absolute return. The strategy is to enter into Financial Derivative Instruments (FDI) and direct investments, to gain both short and long exposure to interest rate, foreign exchange and debt securities markets. The Portfolio will gain exposure primarily to global emerging and developed sovereign markets with some limited allocation to global emerging markets corporate bonds.