At long last, fixed-income investing is entering the digital age – and investors should pay close attention to what their asset managers are doing to keep up. From better pricing to better solution design, the digital revolution that’s transforming the fixed-income management landscape can lead to a host of benefits.
To grasp the performance gap between managers who upgrade their technology and managers who don’t, it’s important to understand just how behind the times many fixed-income teams still are. Roughly 80% of the notional value of US corporate bond trades comes from transactions executed over the phone. The biggest innovation in credit research until very recently? Microsoft Excel, which came on the scene in 1985. Continue reading →
The explosive growth of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and the commensurate rise of asset allocation models in fee-based investment accounts have completely transformed how advisors and investors approach and implement fixed income allocations in their portfolios, challenging some of the most important portfolio benefits of the asset class. Continue reading →
European high-yield investor resistance to aggressive lending terms could be stiffened by seeing several issuers take advantage of the flexibility in deal documentation granted at the market’s peak in 2017.
The latest is German retailer CBR Fashion, which is paying a dividend to its new sponsor, just months after it changed ownership, without having to pay back holders of its €450m 5.125% bond due 2022. Continue reading →
With rising interest rates and fairly tight credits spreads, are there still opportunities with fixed income oriented hedge fund strategies? Agecroft Partners recently spoke with five leading hedge fund industry experts who will be presenting on the “Opportunities in Fixed Income Oriented Hedge Fund Strategies” panel in early November at Gaining the Edge – 2018 Hedge Fund Leadership Conference in NY. Continue reading →
One of the ways to navigate a rising rate environment is to reduce your exposure to bonds with greater levels of interest rate risk. For many investors, this means moving toward short-maturity bonds. In exchange for lower risk, these issues typically generate lower income than longer-maturity bonds. The current market environment is unusual, however. A flatter yield curve means that short bonds are providing similar income to their longer-maturity counterparts-while still reducing interest rate risk. Investors wanting to gain exposure to short-maturity bonds often do so through bond exchange traded funds (ETFs) or mutual funds, which typically hold a diversified portfolio of bonds with maturities less than five years.
Venezuela faces payments of $1.1 billion in interest and principal on two bonds maturing on Wednesday, but investors expect the cash-strapped nation to continue its pattern of no payments.
The government of President Nicolas Maduro has halted almost all foreign debt payments, leaving Venezuela, which has a debt load of around $60 billion in direct and subsidiary foreign bonds, in default.
“We assume no funds allocated to make the sovereign amortization today as the first sovereign default and headline confirmation of cash flow stress,” Siobhan Morden, head of Latin America fixed income strategy at Nomura Securities International, wrote in a note to clients. Continue reading →
Fixed maturity plan or short-term bond fund — what should fixed income investor choose?
Fixed maturity plans are schemes launched by mutual funds that come with a clearly defined tenure.
Lower-than-expected hikes in interest rates on bank fixed deposits and the lukewarm returns offered by bond funds make fixed income investors hunt for other options. Fixed maturity plans (FMP) lined up by mutual fund houses such as ICICI Prudential, Aditya Birla Sun Life, DSP Blackrockand Reliance make investors wonder if they should bite the bullet. In search of earning more returns than that offered on fixed deposits, where should the investors go – short-term bond funds or the fixed maturity plans? Continue reading →
If ever there was a time for bond investors to be stingy about management fees, it’s today. The winding down of a 35-year bull market in bonds, coupled with the threat of rising inflation, means that returns are going to be smaller—making every basis point count. Continue reading →
Bonds Briefly is a new regular look at fixed income markets – addressing a range of issues from large macroeconomic factors, to smaller more technical influences on the market and how RLAM is investing on your behalf. Bonds Briefly is a quick way to learn something about things that are influencing bond investing right now.Continue reading →
Bond Investors Should Remain Focused on Short Term
With the Federal Reserve still in interest rate raising mode, bond investors should continue to avoid fixed-income investments with longer-term yields and keep their focus on the short term. That’s according to Collin Martin, director of fixed income for Charles Schwab’s Schwab Center for Financial Research, who said in an interview that the yields on longer-term bonds won’t rise at the same magnitudes seen in the first half of 2018. Continue reading →
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