Asset class: Fixed Income

Learning from Argentina: The importance of balance in bond portfolios

by Seth Meyer, CFA

1 week ago

​The sudden rise of populist presidential candidate Alberto Fernández shook the Argentine markets and raised alarm bells among global bond investors. Portfolio Manager Seth Meyer discusses the lessons this volatility raises for bond investors, reminding them of the importance of trying to balance income and total return.

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Argentina: tears flow as markets tumble

by Jennifer James

1 week ago

​​Jennifer James, portfolio manager within the Global Bonds Team, discusses the fallout from the shock primary election results in Argentina in August, exploring what this might mean for Argentina's asset markets and other emerging economies.

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Volatility warrants caution in US high yield

by Seth Meyer, CFA

2 weeks ago
In a period of falling interest rates, yield is valuable, and high yield therefore remains an attractive asset class. However, with increased interest rate volatility and uncertainty around economic growth, Portfolio Manager Seth Meyer says a cautious approach and a focus on strong company fundamentals are warranted.
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Fed turns a page, cuts rates

by Nick Maroutsos

3 weeks ago

The US Federal Reserve lowered interest rates for the first time in more than a decade. Co-Head of Global Bonds Nick Maroutsos explains why this may be the first of many cuts, and which assets could benefit.

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Quick view: (ECB) shock and bore

by Andrew Mulliner, CFA

1 month ago

The European Central Bank (ECB) meeting on 25 July was billed as the most important ECB meeting of the last few years. Andrew Mulliner, Portfolio Manager within Global Bonds, reflects on the outcome of this highly anticipated session.

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Secured Credit Insight: new EU securitisation regulations made simple

by Ed Panek

1 month ago

​With the new EU securitisation regulations in force since the beginning of the year, Edward Panek, Head of ABS Investment in London and a member of the Secured Credit team, examines the main features of the regulation, sharing the team’s interpretation of the rules.

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Convergence returns to the fore

by Jim Cielinski, CFA

1 month ago

​Jim Cielinski, Global Head of Fixed Income, provides his perspective on the recent slowdown in global growth and discusses the next steps for central banks.

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Globalisation: Sorry, Donald, it’s here to stay

by Jim Cielinski, CFA

1 month ago

Jim Cielinski, Global Head of Fixed Income, explains why globalisation is here to stay despite heightened populism.

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Asian Credit: where returns may actually match risk

by Nick Maroutsos

1 month ago

​Nick Maroutsos, Co-Head of Global Bonds, sets out some of the reasons why Asia ex-Japan debt offers a potentially attractive destination for globally-minded bond investors.

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Tug of war: slowing growth versus easing monetary policy

The US Federal Reserve’s policy shifts have helped support markets in 2019. US Fixed Income managers, Darrell Watters, Mayur Saigal and Mike Keough, share their views on the likelihood, timing and scale of any rate cuts in the coming months.

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High yield bond: pushing boundaries

​The dovish tilt to global monetary policy should be supportive of asset prices in the near term but portfolio managers Tom Ross and Seth Meyer observe that an extension of the credit cycle does not mean abandoning selectivity within high yield bonds.

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Downturn implications and a reconvergence of rates

by Jenna Barnard, CFA

1 month ago

​Jenna Barnard, Co-Head of Strategic Fixed Income, explores the options for meaningful policy easing by developed market central banks in the face of the current downturn in global activity.

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Fed serving up what the market is craving

by Jason England, Nick Maroutsos

2 months ago
In this video update, Co-Head of Global Bonds Nick Maroutsos and Fixed Income Portfolio Manager Jason England explain why they believe the US Federal Reserve (Fed) was correct not to cut rates at their latest meeting on Wednesday 19 June, and discuss which factors may justify a move lower in July.
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Quick view from the Secured Credit Team

​​Following almost two and a half years of consultations, the European Council (EU) formally adopted new rules on business insolvency on 6 June 2019. Secured loans specialists within the Secured Credit Team, Elissa Johnson, Portfolio Manager and, Guillaume Bezard-Falgas, Associate Portfolio Manager, share their views and shed light on the new directive.

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Bailing out the Titanic with a teaspoon (or why hope is a strategy for the ECB)

by Andrew Mulliner, CFA

2 months ago

​The 6 June meeting of the European Central Bank effectively marked the beginning of the end of its president’s reign. Andrew Mulliner, Portfolio Manager within Global Bonds, reflects on the outcome of the meeting and what the future holds with Draghi on his way out, an empty toolbox at the ECB and weakening global growth.

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Do you remember the Great Financial Crisis?

by John Pattullo

2 months ago

​John Pattullo, Co-Head of Strategic Fixed Income, explains how after the failure of QE to generate any sustainable growth or inflation the dial has turned to various forms of fiscal policy. But as he argues, a successful formula has to combine fiscal and monetary policies with structural reform.

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Credit where credit’s due

by Daniel Siluk, Nick Maroutsos

3 months ago

​Nick Maroutsos and Daniel Siluk, Portfolio Managers on the Absolute Return Income Strategy, discuss the recent negative sentiment in global credit markets and remind us that not all credit is the same; sometimes it pays to delve more deeply into the reasons behind a particular rating.

 
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European elections: centrists struggle but no breakthrough for the far-right

by Bethany Payne, CFA

3 months ago

The European Parliament elections on 23 May produced damaging results in varying degrees for both the European Parliament and the main parties in the UK. Bethany Payne, Portfolio Manager, Global Bonds, explains the main points and provides a brief assessment of the impact on the markets.

 
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Dovish central banks extend cycle: higher corporate credit allocation may be warranted

by Mayur Saigal

3 months ago
Portfolio Manager Mayur Saigal discusses the fixed income landscape and why a higher allocation to corporate credit may be warranted today versus 2018.
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Using the 1890s as a guide to bond investing (not the 1980s)

by Jenna Barnard, CFA

4 months ago

​Jenna Barnard, Co-Head of Strategic Fixed Income, confesses to not all birthday gifts being a delight to receive but a book from 1892, found by chance in a second-hand book dealer, turned out to be a rare birthday present gem. Its lessons on investing are not only instructive but shine a light on the predicament facing bond investors today.

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