Our approach to investment grade credit
Most credit managers rely heavily on benchmarks to guide their investment process, but simply matching benchmark performance leaves growth opportunities on the board. By using tracking error as a yardstick instead of a crutch, it is possible to overcome inherent limitations in building a better portfolio, delivering risk-adjusted returns while minimizing volatility.
Checkmate your biases in investment grade investing
Many managers strive for the lowest tracking error possible, even choosing to own securities or sectors they don't find attractive. How can investors select managers positioned to achieve strong risk-adjusted returns throughout each stage of a market cycle?
Tapping a misunderstood alpha source: How portfolio construction can unlock excess returns
In their search for alpha, investors frequently overlook the structural elements of constructing a portfolio. By avoiding unexpected biases and worrying less about tracking error, divergence from the benchmark may create opportunities for unexpected alpha.
Plotting the next move: Credit investing during a pandemic recovery
2020 had record levels of investment grade bond issuance. In 2021, levels were expected to drop but as we approach mid-year, issuance remains strong. How should investors navigate an abundance of supply?
Strategies in focus
Aviva Investors Global Investment Grade Corporate Bond Fund
This strategy aims to deliver positive and consistent excess returns through all market cycles, irrespective of, and uncorrelated to, the behaviour of credit spreads by investing mainly in global investment grade corporate bonds.
Aviva Investors US Investment Grade Bond Fund
This strategy aims to deliver positive and consistent excess returns through all market cycles, irrespective of, and uncorrelated to, the behaviour of credit spreads by investing mainly in US investment grade corporate bonds.
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Avoiding blind spots to build better investment grade portfolios
Mitigating blind spots can help to minimize their devastating effect on a fixed income portfolio’s return. Join portfolio manager Josh Lohmeier on 16 September at 10am CST as he provides an alternative approach to standard portfolio construction processes.
Our latest fixed income thinking
Food for thought: EMD and the threat of inflation
16 Jul 2021
Emerging market debt investors need to keep a watchful eye on food price inflation as a potential key driver of monetary policy, especially as this has not coincided with a weaker US dollar, argues Nafez Zouk.
China’s Big Tech crackdown
5 Jul 2021
Like Washington and Brussels, Beijing is worried about the growing power of large technology companies. But China’s regulators are taking swifter, more radical action than their peers in the West.
The taming of the few
1 Jul 2021
Regulatory authorities around the world are targeting the big US tech giants. However, while investors need to keep a watchful eye on developments, Big Tech’s stranglehold and influence on numerous economic sectors will be hard to loosen.
Lessons from Archegos: Have investors become complacent about banks?
14 Jun 2021
The advent of tougher regulations after the global financial crisis led investors to think banks were safe. Was the Archegos scandal a wake-up call or much ado about nothing?
Government deficits still matter, just not right now
13 May 2021
Deciding when to tighten the purse strings and hike taxes is complex at any time, and even more so when the economic fallout from COVID-19 remains unclear. Getting deficits – the gap between government spending and income – under control will need to happen eventually, but it would be a brave government that pursued such a goal now.
Are sustainable bonds the new smartphones?
10 May 2021
The market for sustainable bonds to fund activities that have a positive impact on the environment or society is booming. But there are many factors to consider before investing. Not least among them is a crucial question: is your money really being used to fund the activities promised?
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.
The new struggle for global supremacy could disrupt financial markets
17 Mar 2021
China’s economic rise threatens US supremacy and the global economic and financial order built up since 1945.
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.