As an asset manager owned by one of the UK’s largest insurers, we have a vast amount of experience in fixed income. This ranges from developed and emerging market bonds, to investment grade and high yield.
Our heritage predisposes us to managing risk and focusing on downside protection. As well as offering pooled solutions, we offer bespoke solutions to cater to complex and sophisticated institutional and wholesale client needs.
Hitting the yield sweet spot: Opportunities in short-duration credit
With the interest-rate cycle turning sharply, we explain why cash and fixed income investors may wish to consider the tactical and strategic attractions of short-duration credit.
Use your influence: Overcoming the challenges of sovereign engagement
We explore the challenges and opportunities for investors engaging with sovereign debt issuers.
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Chief Investment Officer, Liquid Markets
Head of Credit
Head of Emerging Market Debt and Portfolio Manager, EM Local Currency
James Vokins, CFA
Global Head of Investment Grade Credit
Head of Global Buy-and-Maintain Credit
Global Co-Head of High Yield
Global Co-Head of High Yield
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Fixed income views
Why fixed income, why now? Navigating a new era for bond markets
31 Jan 2023
Despite ongoing market volatility and geopolitical uncertainty, 2023 could bring attractive opportunities for fixed-income investors, says Barney Goodchild.
Higher for longer: A new era for fixed income
26 Jan 2023
James Vokins and Chris Higham from our credit team believe the path of inflation will remain the central question for investors in 2023. Fixed-income investors should remain cautious until that path is more certain, but fundamental analysis can still uncover attractive opportunities.
EMD outlook: Why 2023 could offer improved prospects as storm clouds lift
10 Jan 2023
After a bruising 12 months, our emerging-market debt team anticipates an improvement in the asset class’ fortunes in 2023 as declining inflation allows central banks to ease back on monetary tightening. But with many issuers still at risk of default, investors will need to tread cautiously.
Focus on the fundamentals: The outlook for high yield in 2023
3 Jan 2023
Macroeconomic forces have been key drivers of performance in the global high-yield market in recent months, but 2023 is likely to bring a renewed focus on issuer fundamentals, say Sunita Kara and Brent Finck.
Inflation, yield curves and energy prices: The outlook for buy-and-maintain credit
30 Nov 2022
Siddhartha Bhattacharyya, Iain Forrester and Matthew Raque from our buy-and-maintain credit team discuss the impact of the current environment on portfolios, where they are finding value, and how they are integrating these considerations in their net-zero plans.
Nothing happened, twice: Addressing the key questions on recent volatility for sterling money market fund investors
10 Nov 2022
After the volatility that rocked UK markets in recent weeks, Alastair Sewell reflects on how this impacted money market funds and what’s next.
The IMF/World Bank meetings in review: The key questions for emerging-market debt investors
2 Nov 2022
Pessimism was in the air at the recent IMF/World Bank meetings, with emerging markets looking vulnerable to a tightening of global financial conditions. However, their orthodox policy responses should put many countries in a stronger position to meet those challenges than previously, argue Carmen Altenkirch and Nafez Zouk.
A free lunch: The case for a diversified global sovereign bond allocation
31 Oct 2022
Recent events in the UK are a reminder of the benefit of a globally diversified sovereign bond allocation and avoiding home bias, as Jennie Byun, Kurt Knowlson and Steve Ryder explain.
What does the data say? Emerging-market debt in focus
7 Oct 2022
In this month’s instalment of our visual series on topical themes, we look at some of the biggest recent trends in EMD.
Alpha, asset stranding and action: The state of play in Climate Transition Credit
6 Oct 2022
Will new climate legislation accelerate the transition, or will the energy crisis hamper it? Thomas Chinery and Justine Vroman assess the implications for strategically positioned bondholders.
European money market fund reform: Preparing for change
15 Sep 2022
European regulators are set to introduce significant reforms to money market funds. Investors need to be ready, says Alastair Sewell.
High yield: Has the risk of capital loss from defaults reduced?
7 Sep 2022
Despite spread widening, defaults in the high yield market have yet to hit significant levels. Will structural changes in the market limit the damage from defaults in future crises?
EM corporate debt: Resilience in turbulent times
23 Aug 2022
Emerging markets have been hit by stern economic challenges in 2022. But many companies are proving resilient thanks to strong fundamentals, as our emerging market corporate debt team explain.
Zero-COVID: China’s costly policy error
10 Aug 2022
Beijing’s ideological battle to stamp out COVID-19 appears increasingly misguided as the rest of the world learns to live with the virus. But the impact of China’s approach will be felt far beyond its borders.
What does the data say? Are we close to 1970’s-style stagflation?
29 Jul 2022
In this month’s instalment of our visual series on topical themes, we look at whether the global economy is heading towards stagflation.
The AIQ Podcast: Taking stock of nature risk
15 Jul 2022
The idea that human actions are bringing natural systems close to breakdown, threatening livelihoods and financial stability, is making asset managers think harder about nature risk and the environmental dependencies in investee companies.