Latest fixed income thinking
Fixed income: bear necessities?
11 Jan 2018
As the prolonged era of extraordinary monetary policy winds down, our fixed income fund managers consider what investors should look out for in 2018. Test
Catalonia readies for landmark election
18 Dec 2017
On December 21 the people of Catalonia go to the polls to elect a new regional government. There is a lot riding on the outcome, not just for Spain’s political system, but for the country’s economy and financial markets too.
China autos: on the road to an electric future
29 Nov 2017
With ambitious new targets for electric vehicles and vast opportunities in self-driving vehicles and the share-riding sector, China has the potential to reshape the global autos sector.
US tax reform: a tailwind for credit
23 Nov 2017
Lawmakers’ proposals to overhaul the US tax regime could lead to a big drop in debt issuance that corporate bond markets are failing to price in, argues Joubeen Hurren.
Credit correlation: end of an era?
14 Nov 2017
Structural changes in the credit markets could bring to an end a prolonged period of strong correlations. What are the implications for fixed-income investors?
Electoral reforms might halt Five Star, but Italy’s challenges remain
31 Oct 2017
Italians will head to the polls in the spring to elect their next government. Despite recent electoral reforms, Charlie Diebel explains why Italian uncertainty is unlikely to disappear.
What to do about asset bubbles
24 Oct 2017
With the global economy improving, central banks need to be ever watchful, and tighten policy in good time, to ensure siren calls on asset bubbles continue to ring hollow, says Michael Grady.
Politics and the final frontier
18 Oct 2017
A recent trip to Central America and the Caribbean revealed much about the attractions and pitfalls of frontier markets, explains Aaron Grehan.
Why the US bond market is not signalling recession
10 Oct 2017
The US yield curve has historically provided an accurate barometer of the economic outlook. But it is wrong to conclude the recent flattening is pointing to a recession, argues James McAveley.
Global high yield: diminishing returns?
16 Aug 2017
Global high yield has been among the stronger asset classes in 2017, but with spreads already squeezed, where can investors find value?
Europe’s hazardous route to a banking union
14 Aug 2017
The bail out of two Italian lenders highlights that progress towards banking and fiscal union will be far from straightforward, argues Oliver Judd.
Bond volatility: all aboard the big dipper?
28 Mar 2017
Since the financial crisis, bond volatility has fallen to historic lows. But changes to the structure of the fixed-income markets suggest volatility could be set for a comeback, creating risks and opportunities for investors.