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 environmental, social and governance (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 returns through the credit cycle.
Protecting portfolios to the downside should be part of any credit investment process given the asymmetry of returns. Our proprietary risk allocation process focuses on downside protection. The integration of ESG factors into the process is another, non-binding, step we take to protect to the downside.
Chief Investment Officer, Liquid Markets
Head of Credit
James Vokins, CFA
Head of Investment Grade Credit
AIA Investment Officer and Head of North American Investment Grade Credit
Head of Liability Driven Credit
Fixed income views
Credit: The long and short of ESG investing
25 Nov 2021
Credit is an asymmetric asset class. The upside is a coupon payment and limited capital appreciation; the downside is a default to zero. For all maturities and bond types, ESG integration can play a crucial role in mitigating risk.
The long decline: Why trend economic growth is set to go on falling
12 Nov 2021
Trend rates of economic growth, which have been on the decline for decades in the world’s leading economies, look set to fall further. That will have big implications for governments, companies, households and investors, argues Stewart Robertson.
COVID, China and the Fed: Diverging EM debt fortunes
3 Nov 2021
Relatively low vaccination rates, slowing Chinese growth, and terms of trade gains that may have largely peaked mean emerging market economies face several headwinds in 2022. Varying degrees of resilience and vulnerability are likely to result, argue Nafez Zouk and Carmen Altenkirch.
Six themes for emerging markets
28 Oct 2021
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) annual meetings are always a chance to reflect on the key trends affecting emerging markets. This year was no different. Carmen Altenkirch and Nafez Zouk engaged with policymakers and delegates to ascertain the real impact of the COVID pandemic on growth, fiscal metrics, and debt burdens.
Regulatory shifts in China: A new fork in the road?
12 Oct 2021
Investors in China should view recent interventions by the government in the context of its history and longer-term strategic ambitions, argues Amy Kam.
What does the data say? Climate change, real yields and live TV
27 Aug 2021
In the latest instalment of our visual series on topical data themes, we look at the latest IPCC report, the significant decline in US real yields and people’s live TV versus streaming habits.
Are bond investors too complacent about inflation?
11 Aug 2021
US Treasury yields have fallen appreciably in recent weeks, seemingly dismissing the threat of rising consumer prices. Some investors could be in for a nasty surprise if inflation proves more intransigent than anticipated, argue Michael Grady and Katarina Cohrs.
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.