Rate volatility and several idiosyncratic stories during the second quarter drove market performance within Emerging Markets. With delays to vaccine rollouts and continued high daily new cases and deaths hindering re-opening plans and putting excess pressure on economies, EM countries have lagged in the COVID-19 recovery. We expect Emerging Markets recovery to be a second half 2021 story, with countries starting to take active steps to reduce some of the unprecedented policy actions. We remain optimistically cautious given still robust accommodation, supportive growth and positive flow dynamics. In this paper, we look back at Emerging Markets in the second quarter, as well our expectations for the asset class in the second half of the year.