Our high-conviction and long-term investment style results in focused portfolios for our clients. Extensive research leads us to a thorough understanding of individual positions; our global credit research team works closely with portfolio managers to allow the sector and company knowledge of the analysts to filter into portfolios.
Idea generation and collaboration is encouraged through our global, team-based approach. This collaboration extends beyond the bounds of the credit team to include connection with our multi-asset and macro, equities and global responsible investment teams. Together, we are able to integrate non-binding ESG considerations across our portfolios, as well as engage with companies.
By seamlessly connecting these teams we are able to create a robust and risk-aware framework. Portfolio construction sits at the heart of this as the asymmetry of returns in credit demands a systematic approach to security selection and portfolio allocation. We use portfolio construction to drive persistent alpha through the credit cycle.
Protecting portfolios to the downside has to be part of any credit investment process given the asymmetry of returns. Our proprietary risk allocation process embeds downside protection. Our integration of ESG factors into the process is another, non-binding, step we take to protect to the downside.
Chief Investment Officer, Credit
Global Head of Liquidity Portfolio Management
Global Head of High Yield
Head of UK Investment Grade Credit
AIA Investment Officer and Head of North American Investment Grade Credit
Head of Liability Driven Credit
Explore our credit range
Investment grade credit
A range of strategies that utilise portfolio construction to deliver attractive returns throughout the credit cycle.
A range of strategies that aim to capture the full potential of high yield bond markets whilst protecting downside risk.
A range of strategies offering the potential for uncorrelated returns, portfolio diversification and low volatility in either a long-only or absolute return context.
Climate Transition Credit
A strategy seeking long-term, consistent excess returns and positive climate outcomes.
Fixed income views
Divergence, debt sustainability and climate: Key takeaways from the IMF Spring meetings
14 Apr 2021
Debate over the short- and longer-term consequences of COVID-19 dominated the Spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund, with our emerging-market debt team among those following discussions closely.
Deficits still matter… just not right now
22 Mar 2021
Deciding when to tighten the purse strings and hike taxes is complex at any time, even more so when the economic fallout from COVID-19 remains unclear. Getting deficits under control will need to happen eventually, but it would be a brave government to pursue that goal in the short term.
Why it is getting harder to assess value in financial markets
19 Mar 2021
Massive intervention by central banks and governments in recent years has left investors struggling to value financial assets.
Zero rates: Too much of a good thing?
9 Mar 2021
The inexorable rise in asset prices caused by the seemingly never-ending era of monetary easing is calling into question long-held investment beliefs, as members of our multi-asset & macro and equities teams explain.
Everybody wants one: Are sustainable bonds the new smartphones?
5 Mar 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance and fragility of the natural balance. As governments, companies and investors aim for a just transition, sustainable bonds are being issued at pace in different formats. Is it a fad, and do markets really need so many varieties?
From crisis comes opportunity: What’s normal now?
2 Mar 2021
Big challenges bring us the opportunity to think differently. Our investment teams reveal what they have learnt from COVID-19, and how they are preparing to face whatever ‘normal’ emerges in a post-pandemic world.
The COVID Nudge
28 Jan 2021
In these data visualisations, we look at whether COVID-19 will achieve something that millions spent on public health campaigning has failed to do.
What a carve up! The future of the internet
22 Jan 2021
Commercial and geopolitical forces are threatening to fracture the internet into competing regimes, making it harder for companies to operate across borders and potentially limiting their growth. We explore the implications for investors.
Investing for impact in private debt to combat climate change
21 Jan 2021
Impact investment strategies will have an important role to play if the green credentials of the world’s stock of real estate is to be transformed, argue Gregor Bamert and Stanley Kwong.
The path for oil and gas after COVID-19
20 Jan 2021
Post-COVID recovery initiatives from governments are increasingly taking a green path, but the response of oil and gas companies so far runs from denial to complete reinvention. Should they continue pumping oil for as long as they can to avoid destroying capital for investors, or do they need to accelerate efforts to future proof their businesses now?
Our annual letter to company chairpersons
15 Jan 2021
As part of our engagement efforts, every January we send a letter to the chairs of companies we invest in (and some we don’t, but still want to use our influence with) to set out our stewardship priorities for the year. Here, in full, is our 2021 letter.
Issuance, support from equities and volatility: The outlook for convertible bonds in 2021
18 Dec 2020
Shawn Mato, convertible bond fund manager, picks three themes that could have a big say in how the asset class performs in 2021.
Zombie revival, improving fundamentals and monetary policy: The outlook for high yield in 2021
17 Dec 2020
Kevin Mathews, Brent Finck and Sunita Kara, high yield portfolio managers at Aviva Investors, pick out three themes that will shape the asset class in 2021.
Stimulus, M&A and US politics: The outlook for investment grade credit in 2021
17 Dec 2020
Mike Cho and Jonathan Manning, investment-grade portfolio managers at Aviva Investors, look at the themes that will shape the asset class in 2021.
Chemical compounds: The good, the bad and the ugly
9 Dec 2020
After decades of secrecy, light is increasingly being shone on the potentially hazardous compounds produced by chemical companies. In the latest instalment of our editorial series, Link, experts from Aviva Investors’ credit, equities and ESG teams discuss the prevalence of chemicals in modern life, and how to balance usefulness and safety.
Sustainability in credit: Why ESG scores don’t tell the whole story
5 Nov 2020
ESG ratings are a helpful baseline to assess companies, but views on their ESG risks and opportunities can be honed – and sometimes corrected – through deeper research, trend analysis and meetings with company executives.