Asset class: Fixed Income

What is ‘normal’?

by Andrew Mulliner, CFA

3 days ago

In a post quantitative easing (QE) world, central bank balance sheets in many countries have expanded to extreme levels, while many commentators have despaired that these balance sheets will never return to ‘normal’ levels again. Andrew Mulliner, Portfolio Manager Global Bonds, asks: just what is ‘normal’?

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Fed leaves market with cliffhanger

by Nick Maroutsos

4 days ago

​The US Federal Reserve lowered its benchmark rate at its September meeting, but is divided about whether further cuts will be needed this year. Co-Head of Global Bonds, Nick Maroutsos, says the stance creates uncertainty for investors and ignores structural challenges in the global economy.

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Topical questions amid a more political economy

by Nick Maroutsos

2 weeks ago

​In this short question and answer session Nick Maroutsos, Co-Head of Global Bonds, looks at the macroeconomic landscape and how it is shaping their investment decision-making within the Absolute Return Income strategies.

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Secured Credit Insight: secured loans — the hidden benefit of negative rates

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3 weeks ago

In this short view from the Secured Credit desk, Oliver Bardot, Associate Portfolio Manager within the Secured Loans Team, briefly outlines the distinctive aspects of the European and US loan markets, exploring the impact of negative interest rates in Europe on loan prices in this market.

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The importance of being active: why passive exposure in high yield is not enough

by Brent Olson, Seth Meyer, CFA

3 weeks ago
​The US high yield market’s modest return in August obscured significant divergence of returns within the index. Portfolio Managers Seth Meyer and Brent Olson discuss why this dispersion demonstrates that opportunities exist in high yield, and why they believe active management is a key component of capitalising on those opportunities. ​
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Attaching a price to bond market liquidity

by John Fujiwara

1 month ago

​Portfolio Manager John Fujiwara and Research Analyst Lucy Holden discuss how low yields and volatile markets reinforce the risk premium commanded to provide bond market liquidity.

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Argentina: tears flow as markets tumble

by Jennifer James

1 month 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

1 month 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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Quick view: Fed turns a page, cuts rates

by Nick Maroutsos

2 months ago

​Nick Maroutsos, Co-Head of Global Bonds, discusses the US Federal Reserve’s first rate cut in more than a decade and what it means for investors.

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Quick view: (ECB) shock and bore

by Andrew Mulliner, CFA

2 months 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

2 months 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

2 months 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

2 months 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

2 months 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

by Seth Meyer, CFA, Tom Ross, CFA

2 months ago

​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

2 months 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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Secured Credit Insight: EU directive for insolvency and restructuring

​​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

3 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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Credit where credit’s due

by Daniel Siluk, Nick Maroutsos

4 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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