Latest fixed income thinking
Rising volatility signals trouble for US corporate bonds
13 Dec 2018
The long-awaited shift in monetary policy appears to be resulting in a new volatility paradigm. That could have adverse consequences for US corporate bonds even if economic data holds firm, argues Joubeen Hurren.
The outlook for bonds in 2019
11 Dec 2018
Our fund managers in government, corporate and emerging market bonds look at potential drivers of bond markets in 2019.
Global equities experience a sharp sell-off
7 Nov 2018
Equity markets fall sharply in October.
The Italian budget drama
30 Oct 2018
The Italian government’s plans to sharply hike spending leave it on a collision course with the EU. But financial markets, as well as Brussels, will determine whether the populists in Rome can deliver on their electoral pledges.
Earthquakes and economics: Bali IMF summit highlights the divergence in EM debt markets
18 Oct 2018
The recent Annual Meeting of the IMF reinforced that EM debt investors should pay extra attention to countries’ individual circumstances, write Aaron Grehan and Carmen Altenkirch.
US holds the key to emerging markets’ prospects
3 Oct 2018
With emerging market assets under pressure on the back of rising US interest rates, a strong dollar and an escalating trade war between the US and China, our equity and bond teams give their opinion on areas to avoid and where pockets of value are emerging.
Credit investing – bias beware as the cycle turns
20 Sep 2018
A sound portfolio construction process is critical to avoiding the pitfalls of behavioural biases, which will become all too apparent as the credit cycle turns
Is Australia heading for a credit crunch?
16 Aug 2018
Rampant property price inflation has put Australian authorities in a tight spot as they attempt to tighten banks’ lending standards without triggering a credit crunch, argues James McAlevey.
The future of fixed income
10 Jul 2018
We consider how technological advances, alternative data sources and shifting investor flow dynamics are changing the face of fixed income markets.
Bond benchmarks: yardstick or crutch
10 Jul 2018
Market indices are inherently inefficient. That can pose a problem for fund managers who rely too much on them as performance and risk benchmarks, explains Josh Lohmeier, head of North American investment grade credit at Aviva Investors.
Shares boosted by Korea talks
31 May 2018
While interest rates appear to be on a gradual upward trajectory in much of the world, UK financial markets were forced to scale back expectations of tighter monetary policy as softer domestic economic data appeared to give the Bank of England pause for thought.
Not just about duration: the benefits of a multi-factor approach to fixed income
1 May 2018
Duration is a key consideration for bond investors. But it’s far from the whole story.