The spread of the coronavirus across the globe and the oil price war have served to highlight the fragility of the global markets and rattled investors. As concerns for the global supply chains and the health of economies grow, Jenna Barnard, Co-Head of the Strategic Fixed Income Team, shares her views, explaining the steps taken in the team’s portfolios that seek to mitigate the risks.
The US Federal Reserve’s surprise rate cut reflects the increasing uncertainty the US economy and investors currently face. Jim Cielinski, Global Head of Fixed Income, provides his views on what the highly unusual move means for markets and why he believes investors should remain cautious.
Co-Head of Global Bonds Nick Maroutsos explains why markets reacted as they did in the face of the spreading coronavirus and why the US Federal Reserve (Fed) will ultimately have to cut rates to account for the outbreak’s economic impact.
With Europe characterised by negative rates and subdued bond yields, Nick Maroutsos, Co-Head of Global Bonds, explains how the team seek to meet the objectives of an absolute return fixed income portfolio.
The Bank of England kept its Bank Rate steady at 0.75% at their meeting on Thursday 30 January. Bethany Payne, Portfolio Manager within Global Bonds, believes that today’s decision has bought time for the new governor, Andrew Bailey, giving him room to act proactively should the need arise.
Elissa Johnson, Co-Manager of the Secured Loans Fund and Oliver Bardot, Associate Portfolio Manager within the Secured Loans Team, evaluate risks and opportunities in the European loans market in 2020 and how they might impact their portfolios.
Andrew Mulliner, Portfolio Manager Global Bonds, shares his views on the outcome of today’s European Central Bank meeting, which as he explains was expected to be the hors d’oeuvre of the ECB’s policy review; in reality it was more akin to a notification that the ECB would be cooking dinner.
Andrew Mulliner, Portfolio Manager within Global bonds, believes that 2020 will prove to be a year of two halves with a rosier outlook likely later in the year. He cautions, however, that attractive opportunities might be harder to come by given downside risks such as a re-escalation of trade wars and uncertainty from the US elections.
Colin Fleury, Head of Secured Credit, shares his views on fixed income markets for the year ahead. While 2019 was generally a strong year across risk asset classes, he believes caution may be warranted in 2020.