Jim Craige, CFA, Chief Investment Officer and Head of Emerging Markets at Stone Harbor, recently sat down with Jim Jessup, Chief Income Strategist with Virtus ETFs, to discuss the environment for EM debt with a specific focus on the potential opportunity within EM high yield bonds.

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