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Asian fixed income is not just about the asset class, but the experience of the people investing in the asset class. being on the ground in asia since 1999, we believe we can deliver a more in-depth view of the many complexities of the region.
Our on-the-ground teams of fixed income specialists systematically share investment ideas uncovered across developed and emerging markets
Highly diversified global corporate bond portfolios that capture the credit premium offered in the market while avoiding permanent capital impairment.
As a global platform, we take great care to ensure alpha sources are uncorrelated to markets and each other. this is why idea generation develops independent of an overarching ‘house view’.
Investing in asian fixed income offers the potential for strong returns, an attractive income stream and diversification benefits versus developed markets.
Asia is projected to become the oldest region in the world – by the 2030s, it will be home to around 60% of the world’s elderly. jamie grant, head of emerging markets debt and asian fixed income at first state investments, explains why these demographic shifts are expected to have a...
We consider ESG risks to be factors that may place business value at risk. Companies at risk are identified using both external providers and our own internally driven research, which is based on a systematic and extensive company meeting program.
Podcast: Coronavirus - Asian markets corrections and resilience
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We consider ESG risks to be factors that may place business value at risk. Companies at risk are identified using both external providers and our own internally driven research, which is based on a systematic and extensive company meeting program.
In july 2017, we published the “investment case for asian fixed income” (click here) where we presented our thoughts on why asia represented an opportunity for fixed income investors. in the paper, we assessed (among other things) the growth outlook for asia relative t...
In january, our asia fixed income team provided an outlook for the asset class in 2020. since then, developments associated with coronavirus have dominated attention and affected sentiment towards financial markets worldwide. in this update, jamie grant, head of emerging market and...
This timeline highlights some of the market events during the last few weeks and how our experienced team has navigated the market volatility. We also highlight what to look out for in the weeks ahead and highlight some positives amongst all the negative news.
Persistent trade-related uncertainty and unrest in hong kong clouded the outlook for asian growth in 2019. bond yields were under downward pressure for much of the year and, in turn, fixed income markets in the region performed well.
A diverse range of global, regional and sector based equity, multi-asset and fixed income investment strategies and funds
Access a global opportunity set with the on-the-ground research and skill of specialist emerging markets investors.
It was an eventful quarter, though most factors were negative which lead to continuous spread widening for almost the entire period. Some of the notable events which kept the market jittery were, tighter monetary conditions in US and Europe, relentless emerging markets outflows amid the stronger ...
We consider ESG risks to be factors that may place business value at risk. Companies at risk are identified using both external providers and our own internally driven research, which is based on a systematic and extensive company meeting program.
global credit markets have been challenged in 2018 and spreads have widened. asian issuers have not been immune from this volatility. following another default by a chinese issuer, we take stock of where markets are currently, what opportunities (if any) are present in the region, and outl...
The third quarter of the year was a highly eventful one during which the trade war between the US and China took a turn for the worse.
COVID-19 has had widely-reported impacts on developed markets with arguably less attention given to Emerging Markets until now. In this short discussion, Bilal Khan and Amalia Nunez look at: How Covid-19 is affecting EM countries, and how their infrastructure setup and borrowing needs will ensure...
As the dust finally settles on what was a much closer election than many people had expected, investors are now deciphering what a Biden administration means for the economy, international relations and implications for financial markets.
As the dust finally settles on what was a much closer election than many people had expected, investors are now deciphering what a Biden administration means for the economy, international relations and implications for financial markets.
The quarter started with an upbeat tone amid synchronised global growth, however that dissipated very quickly.
In the second quarter covid-19 will continue to hold everyone’s attention as the global economy contracts. progress of annual trends will adjust, some of them will slow down or be on hold as governments try to adapt to a post-virus reality.
As the Italian coalition government submit their 2019 Draft Budgetary Plan to the EU Commission, we explore what the new measures mean for the country's credit ratings and the outlook for Italian Bonds.
2018 was a challenging year for all Emerging Markets (EM) assets and EM hard-currency debt was no exception: losses from higher US Treasury yields and higher EM risk premia outweighed the running yield and resulted in negative returns for the asset class.
Japan is among the leading countries for automation – japanese companies make more than 50% of all industrial robots and computer-controlled systems globally. we own companies like keyence, which makes sensors, laser markers and machine vision systems. keyence has delivered excellent capit...
Japan is among the leading countries for automation – japanese companies make more than 50% of all industrial robots and computer-controlled systems globally. we own companies like keyence, which makes sensors, laser markers and machine vision systems. keyence has delivered excellent capit...
Emerging market (em) debt (jpm embi global diversified in us$) recorded a 3.5% loss in the second quarter as the global environment became more challenging for em countries.
We recently travelled to Sub-Saharan Africa to undertake bottom-up research on a number of high yield sovereign credits, namely: Kenya, Zambia and Angola. Research trips, such as these, form a vital part of our investment process; particularly for countries where idiosyncrasies are the dominant d...
Risky assets (equities, commodities) across the board were weak in the fourth quarter and emerging market (em) debt (jpm embi global diversified in us$) lost 1.25% in the quarter as the em risk premium (spread) rose from 3.35% to 4.15%.
Emerging market (em) debt (jpm embi global diversified in us$) markets experienced a volatile third quarter but delivered a positive return of 2.3% over the period as the em risk premium (spread) fell from 3.69% to 3.35%.
Vaccine rollouts and government stimulus have led to expectations of higher economic growth, inflation and interest rates. this has put pressure on listed infrastructure returns with the asset class significantly underperforming global equities over the past 12 months. but with over 70% of...
First sentier investors is a global fund manager with experience across a range of asset classes and specialist investment sectors. we are stewards of assets managed on behalf of institutional investors, pension funds, wholesale distributors, investment platforms, financial advisers and th...
In 2017, emerging markets (em) hard currency debt (jpmorgan embi global diversified) delivered a 10.3% return.
Leading global investment manager, first state investments today announced the completion of its sale from commonwealth bank of australia to mitsubishi ufj trust and banking corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of mitsubishi ufj financial group, inc. (mufg), for us$2.7 billion.
The emerging market (EM) investment grade (IG) corporate bond market (USD) generated a 0.77% loss in the second quarter of 2018 based on the most widely tracked index, the JP Morgan CEMBI Broad Diversified IG index.
global gdp growth continues at long term trend levels, mainly driven by developed countries where economic growth remains broad based across the household, private and government sectors.
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Government fiscal and debt metrics are strong but pro-growth fiscal policy risks deterioration. At the point they are forced into using fiscal buffers, the market will have repriced the risk sharply.
First sentier investors is a global fund manager with experience across a range of asset classes and specialist investment sectors. we are stewards of assets managed on behalf of institutional investors, pension funds, wholesale distributors, investment platforms, financial advisers and th...
First sentier investors is a global fund manager with experience across a range of asset classes and specialist investment sectors. we are stewards of assets managed on behalf of institutional investors, pension funds, wholesale distributors, investment platforms, financial advisers and th...
In 2020, one group of companies has done particularly well – the popular digital technology companies focused on e-commerce, delivery and entertainment, to name a few industries. In emerging markets, they dominate the Chinese market; but they can also be found in Korea, Southeast Asia, Eastern Eu...
We have recently updated economic climate assumptions for individual countries and, in turn, amended the Neutral Asset Allocation (NAA) for the Diversified Growth Fund. It’s a process that we complete twice a year.
global city populations continue to grow, driven by urbanisation. the provision of housing for growing populations is a major challenge for many countries and cities. adequate housing is a factor that influences a city’s mobility of labour, social wellbeing and commerce levels. government ...
Theoretically, a fast-growing economy bodes well for corporate earnings and stock prices, and vice versa. Because of this, investors often cite Japan’s weak economy and deflationary environment as reasons they have been reluctant to invest in Japan. However, the data suggests that these concerns ...
In our last client update, written through the depths of Covid-despair, we observed that real life and the world of markets are seldom so intimately entwined. With markets swinging violently to the downside on a riptide of fear, it was clear even then that activity was being driven by short-term ...
Emerging market (EM) debt returned positively in the third quarter, with EM high yield (HY) continuing to outperform EM investment grade.