Stone Harbor Emerging Markets Debt Allocation

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Stone Harbor Emerging Markets Debt Allocation

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$ (as of )
Total Assets by Class
$94,607.36 (as of 05/20/2022)
Total Assets by Fund
$8,134,767.54 (as of 05/20/2022)
Morningstar Category
Emerging Markets Bond

Portfolio Overview

Investment Overview

The Fund seeks to maximize total return, which consists of income on its investments and capital appreciation, by investing in a portfolio of emerging markets debt instruments.

Virtus Stone Harbor Emerging Markets Debt Allocation Fund, a series of Virtus Opportunities Trust, is the successor of Stone Harbor Emerging Markets Debt Allocation Fund, formerly a series of Stone Harbor Investment Funds ('Predecessor Fund'), resulting from a reorganization of the Predecessor Fund with and into the fund on April 8, 2022.

Management Team

Investment Partner

Stone Harbor Investment Partners

Stone Harbor is a global credit specialist with expertise in emerging and developed markets debt, with three decades of informed experience allocating risk in complex areas of the fixed income markets. We manage credit portfolios for clients globally.

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Investment Professionals

Peter J. Wilby, CFA

Co-Chief Investment Officer of SHIP Strategies

Industry start date: 1980
Start date as fund Portfolio Manager: 2014

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James E. Craige, CFA

Co-Chief Investment Officer, Head of Emerging Markets

Industry start date: 1988
Start date as fund Portfolio Manager: 2014

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Kumaran Damodaran, PhD

Portfolio Manager, Emerging Markets Debt, Global Sovereign, and Asset Allocation

Industry start date: 2000
Start date as fund Portfolio Manager: 2015

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Stuart Sclater-Booth

Portfolio Manager, Emerging Markets Debt, Global Sovereign, and Asset Allocation

Industry start date: 1992
Start date as fund Portfolio Manager: 2017

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William Perry

Head of Global High Yield, Portfolio Manager, Emerging Markets Corporate Debt

Industry start date: 1984
Start date as fund Portfolio Manager: 2014

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David A. Oliver, CFA

Portfolio Manager, Emerging Markets Debt, Global Sovereign

Industry start date: 1986
Start date as fund Portfolio Manager: 2014

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Key Features

Rigorous Credit Analysis and Dynamic Asset Allocation

Combined fundamental credit research and country macro analysis, with emphasis on valuations, is employed to construct a highly diversified portfolio. Active asset allocation to hard and local currency sovereign debt and hard currency corporate debt based on relative valuation analysis provides return generation potential

Pioneers in Risk Analytics

Proprietary platform enables continuous monitoring of portfolio risk exposures in reaction to changing market conditions

Depth of Experience in EMD

Stone Harbor's demonstrated ability in managing emerging markets debt is rooted in teamwork with a 30-year history, a disciplined research and investment process, and the experience to make what are believed to be sound investment judgments

Portfolio Characteristics


(as of 03/31/2022)
Effective Duration (years) 6.37

Sector Allocation (% Fund)

(as of 03/31/2022)
Sovereign Local Currency
Sovereign Hard Currency
Corporate Hard Currency
Corporate Local Currency
Net Cash

Regional Breakdown (% Fund)

(as of 03/31/2022)
Latin America
Middle East
Net Cash

Performance & Risk

Growth of $10,000 Investment

From to
This chart assumes an initial investment of $10,000 made on for Class ddd shares including any applicable sales charges. Performance assumes reinvestment of dividends and capital gain distributions.


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Performance data quoted represents past results. Past performance is no guarantee of future results and current performance may be higher or lower than the performance shown. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate, so your shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost.

Sales Charge and Expenses

Yields / Distributions1

(as of )
30-day SEC Yield
30-day SEC Yield (unsubsidized)
Distribution Rate (at NAV)
Income Distributions Current Month
Income Distributions YTD
Distribution Rate is calculated by summing all distributions over the preceding 12 months, and dividing by the NAV on the last business date of the period.

Risk Statistics3

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Fund Index
Std Dev

Risk Considerations

Affiliated Fund: The risk that the adviser's authority to select and substitute underlying funds from a variety of affiliated mutual funds may create a conflict of interest.
Allocation: The risk that the portfolio's exposure to equities and fixed income securities, or to different asset classes, may vary from the intended allocation or may not be optimal for market conditions at a given time.
Fund of Funds: The risk that the fund's performance will be adversely affected by the assets owned by the other mutual funds and ETFs in which it invests, and that the layering of expenses associated with the fund's investment in such other funds will cost shareholders more than direct investments would have cost.
Emerging Markets Investing: Emerging markets securities may be more volatile, or more greatly affected by negative conditions, than those of their counterparts in more established foreign markets.
Foreign Investing: Investing in foreign securities subjects the portfolio to additional risks such as increased volatility; currency fluctuations; less liquidity; less publicly available information about the foreign investment; and political, regulatory, economic, and market risk.
Credit & Interest: Debt instruments are subject to various risks, including credit and interest rate risk. The issuer of a debt security may fail to make interest and/or principal payments. Values of debt instruments may rise or fall in response to changes in interest rates, and this risk may be enhanced with longer-term maturities.
Counterparties: There is risk that a party upon whom the portfolio relies to complete a transaction will default.
Currency Rate: Fluctuations in the exchange rates between the U.S. dollar and foreign currencies may negatively affect the value of the portfolio's shares.
Derivatives: Derivatives may include, among other things, futures, options, forwards and swap agreements and may be used in order to hedge portfolio risks, create leverage, or attempt to increase returns. Investments in derivatives may result in increased volatility and the portfolio may incur a loss greater than its principal investment.
High Yield Fixed Income Securities: There is a greater risk of issuer default, less liquidity, and increased price volatility related to high yield securities than investment grade securities.
Liquidity: Certain instruments may be difficult or impossible to sell at a time and price beneficial to the portfolio.
Income: Income received from the portfolio may vary widely over the short- and long-term and/or be less than anticipated if the proceeds from maturing securities in the portfolio are reinvested in lower-yielding securities.
Market Volatility: The value of the securities in the portfolio may go up or down in response to the prospects of individual companies and/or general economic conditions. Price changes may be short- or long-term. Local, regional or global events such as war, acts of terrorism, the spread of infectious illness or other public health issue, recessions, or other events could have a significant impact on the portfolio and its investments, including hampering the ability of the portfolio's manager(s) to invest the portfolio's assets as intended.
Prospectus: For additional information on risks, please see the fund's prospectus.

Related Literature

Marketing Materials

Virtus Stone Harbor Emerging Markets Debt Allocation Fund Fact Sheet - I

Financial Materials

8470 VOT SHIPStatutoryProspectus
8473 SHIPEmergingMarketsDebtAllocationSummary


Stone Harbor Emerging Markets Debt Allocation Fund Holdings

Investors should carefully consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of any Virtus Mutual Fund before investing. The prospectus and summary prospectus contains this and other information about the fund. Please contact your financial representative, call 1-800-243-4361 to obtain a current prospectus and/or summary prospectus. You should read the prospectus and/or summary prospectus carefully before you invest or send money.

Performance data quoted represents past results. Past performance is no guarantee of future results and current performance may be higher or lower than the performance shown. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate, so your shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost.

Average annual total return is the annual compound return for the indicated period. It reflects the change in share price and the reinvestment of all dividends and capital gains. NAV returns do not include the effect of any applicable sales charges. POP and w/CDSC returns include the effect of maximum applicable sales charges.

Returns for periods of less than one year are cumulative total returns.

1 Yields/Distributions: 30-day SEC Yield is a standardized yield calculated according to a formula set by the SEC, and is subject to change. 30-day SEC Yield (unsubsidized) is the 30-day SEC Yield without the effect of applicable expense waivers. Distribution Rate is calculated by (a) annualizing the latest income distribution for fixed income funds or funds less than 1 year old, or (b) summing all income distributions over the preceding 12 months for all other funds, and dividing by the NAV on the last business date of the period, unless otherwise indicated. The Distribution Rate may be comprised of ordinary income, net realized capital gains and returns of capital.

2 Distribution History: Distributions are represented on a cash basis and may be reclassified at year end for tax purposes. The Fund will send you a Form 1099-DIV for the calendar year that will tell you how to report these distributions for federal income tax purposes. STCG: Short Term Capital Gain, LTCG: Long Term Capital Gain

3 Risk Statistics: R2 is a statistical measure that represents the percentage of a fund or security's movements that can be explained by movements in a benchmark index. Beta is a quantitative measure of the volatility of a given portfolio to the overall market. Alpha is a risk adjusted measure of an investment's excess return relative to a benchmark. A positive Alpha indicates that the investment produced a return greater than expected for the risk (as measured by Beta) taken. Standard Deviation measures variability of returns around the average return for an investment fund. Higher standard deviation suggests greater risk. Risk Statistics are calculated using 36 monthly returns.

4 Characteristics: For Equity Funds: Avg. Weighted Market Cap (bn): The total dollar market value of all of a company’s outstanding shares. Trailing P/E Ex-Negative Earnings: Per-share stock price divided by the latest 12-months Earnings per Share; Price/Cash Flow: Per-share stock price divided by the per-share operating cash flow; Price/Book: Per-share stock price divided by the latest 12-month per-share Book Value; 3-Year EPS Growth Rate: Average of earnings per share growth for latest 3-year period. The 3-Year EPS Growth Rate is not a forecast of the fund's performance.

4 Characteristics: For Fixed Income Funds: Effective Duration represents the interest rate sensitivity of a fixed income fund. For example, if a fund's effective duration is five years, a 1% increase in interest rates would result in a 5% decline in the fund's price. Similarly, a 1% decline in interest rates would result in a 5% gain in the fund's price.

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