Investors benefit from an active fixed income asset allocation. Fixed income markets can be inefficient and often too focused on the short term. Consequently, we take a long-term view and emphasise on fundamental factors, such as economic or credit-specific views, over technical ones like momentum, for example, whilst still looking to benefit from our view of shorter-term opportunities.
The fund brings together our best ideas, generated from across our global fixed income team. Each idea must have the potential to give a meaningful contribution to returns; leading to a focused portfolio. As an overarching solution, we believe the fund represents a compelling option for investors seeking to outsource their fixed income decision-making to a truly global team of bond specialists.
A flexible, risk-aware approach is key to driving superior returns from fixed income over time.
The fund can invest globally, giving a wide opportunity set from which to construct a portfolio that can perform throughout market cycles. This is supported by the global nature of our business. However, it is important to note that at least 80% of assets will either be in sterling or currency hedged back to sterling.
Total return focus
Fixed income investing involves asymmetric risks that are skewed to the downside (i.e. potential losses are greater than potential gains). This can result in a tendency to focus on avoiding defaults. However, when trying to maximise total returns identifying winners is also crucial.
For further information on the risks and risk profiles of our funds, please refer to the relevant KIID and Prospectus.
Explore our fixed income range
Investment grade credit
A range of strategies that utilise portfolio construction to deliver positive excess returns throughout the credit cycle with active integration of ESG factors and coordinated company engagement.
A range of strategies that aim to capture the full potential of high yield bond markets whilst protecting downside risk.
Emerging market debt
A range of emerging market debt strategies that invest across hard and local currency markets.
Fixed income views
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.
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.