CSI 300 Index, Shanghai Composite Index enter bull market
More analysts are suggesting investors to pile into shares
A surge in equities is blunting the attraction of China’s world-leading bond rally, prompting analysts to recommend clients pile into stocks rather than debt. News that the U.S. will extend a tariff truce is likely to fuel that momentum. Continue reading →
he fixed income era now ending could be summed up this way: much lower rates, but much greater size and complexity. A flood of issuance in credit and emerging market debt has greatly expanded the market. New cross-currents created by historic injections of central bank liquidity – as well as by demographics, technology, and regulation – have made it more complex. A transition is under way as monetary policy normalizes, liquidity ebbs, and bouts of volatility are roiling the market. The implications for fixed income investors are significant. Continue reading →
Amid a chorus of concerns over corporate debt, a key index for the high-yield bond market has turned negative this year, losing its status as one of the last corners of Wall Street to carry positive returns in 2018. Continue reading →
Stock-market moves get the most attention, but don’t forget fixed income.
A properly chosen selection of bonds can reduce the overall risk of an investment portfolio over the long term.
The U.S. economy is entering a phase that it hasn’t seen in over 20 years: rising interest rates. The Federal Reserve Bank has raised its interest rate target three times in the last year, most recently at the end of September. Rates are up 2 percentage points in three years, an astronomical increase. Continue reading →
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.
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