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Fear can often be an extremely powerful motivator, particularly in the investing world. the secular trends of falling yields combined with increasing interest rate risk, or duration, have certainly struck fear into the hearts of fixed income investors around the world (see below).th...
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...
A diverse range of global, regional and sector based equity, multi-asset and fixed income investment strategies and funds
In this paper we explore why judging a manager on their underlying skill is a better measure than purely focussing on their past investment returns.
Access a global opportunity set with the on-the-ground research and skill of specialist emerging markets investors.
The core plus strategy returned 3.19%, outperforming the bb us aggregate index by 0.11% during the quarter. interest rate positioning outperformed, primarily due to long positions in global rates. a steeper us curve and favorable country spread positions also contributed.
US interest rates stabilized and moved sideways in January and February, before resuming the decline that began in November 2018. Rate stabilization was achieved by a dovish Fed pivot in early January.
The Core Plus strategy returned 2.12%, underperforming the BB US Aggregate Index by 0.15% during the quarter. Interest rate positioning underperformed overall. Losing positions in US breakeven inflation rates and the US yield curve shape were partially offset by successful long rate positions in...
The Absolute Return strategy returned 0.61% during the quarter. Interest rate positioning underperformed overall. Losing positions in US breakeven inflation rates and the US yield curve shape were partially offset by successful long rate positions in the US, Europe, and Australia.
Following the economic and market malaise in February and March, high yield and risk assets generally experienced five straight months of strong performance, only to pull back in September.
David allen brings with him more than 20 years of global asset management experience where he specialised in building investment businesses and leading investment teams.
Liquid real asset strategies seek to provide investors with high income, low volatility, reduced correlations and improved diversification. american listed infrastructure (ali) is a new, regionally focused liquid real asset strategy. the following research paper examines ali’s attributes r...
First State Investments High Yield Group passed the 3-year performance anniversary at the end of April. Current High Yield Strategies are long-only corporate credit, with no leverage and no derivatives.
With the United States just weeks away from a Presidential election, the stakes are high for a country that has been grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic, social unrest and an economic crisis.
The U.S. High Yield market, as represented by the ICE BofAML US High Yield Constrained Index (HUC0) posted a +1.22% total return during Q3’19, on the heels of the particularly strong, +10.16% total return of 1H’19.
With geopolitical events dominating 2016, emerging markets debt once again proved resilient under stress, rallying strongly after a steep sell-off in November.
Our emerging market debt team provide a review of the first quarter of 2014, including an update on the global environment and market-drivers for emerging market debt in 2014.
US interest rates stabilized and moved sideways in January and February, before resuming the decline that began in November 2018. Rate stabilization was achieved by a dovish Fed pivot in early January.
Look at any investment document and you will see the caveat “Past performance is not a good predictor of future performance”. Regardless of the caveat, past performance continues to provide a comfort blanket for investors and as a result plays a larger part than it should when it comes to appoint...
global yields moved higher in january while yield curves steepened. the us ten year yield peaked at 2.95% in late february, up 0.55% from 2.40% at the start of the quarter. european and australian yields followed a similar pattern, with 10yr bunds topping out at 0.74% and australian 10yr y...
global yields moved higher in january while yield curves steepened. the us ten year yield peaked at 2.95% in late february, up 0.55% from 2.40% at the start of the quarter. european and australian yields followed a similar pattern, with 10yr bunds topping out at 0.74% and australian 10yr y...
This article provides a review of the current markets as well as views on what the fourth quarter could hold. Portfolio performance details are also highlighted, including interest rates and FX, inflation markets, securitized sectors and corporate markets. Bond markets experienced several trend r...
US interest rates stabilized and moved sideways in January and February, before resuming the decline that began in November, 2018. Rate stabilization was achieved by a dovish Fed pivot in early January.
Us interest rates moved higher early in q4, with the 10yr peaking at 3.24%. at that point, weakening global growth, trade concerns, and a sharp decline in oil and stock prices caused global interest rates to plummet.
This article provides a review of the current markets as well as views on what the fourth quarter could hold. Portfolio Performance details are also highlighted, including interest rates and FX, inflation markets, securitized sectors and corporate markets. Bond markets experienced several trend r...
global interest rates ended the quarter fairly close to where they began with a large change of direction in between.
global interest rates ended the quarter fairly close to where they began with a large change of direction in between.
Important information two fund ranges ("the funds") for sale: the first state investments icvc and the first state global umbrella fund plc
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...
Us interest rates moved higher early in q4, with the 10yr peaking at 3.24%. at that point, weakening global growth, trade concerns, and a sharp decline in oil and stock prices caused global interest rates to plummet.
As it turns out, the first half of 2018 was challenging for many financial markets in general, and many fixed income markets in particular.
global interest rates rose during the quarter, led by the us. the us ten year yield climbed from 2.86% to 3.06
global interest rates rose during the quarter, led by the us. the us ten year yield climbed from 2.86% to 3.06%.
In life we are all too familiar with the concept of not putting all your eggs in one basket, for fear of the basket falling and all the eggs being broken. This concept is often translated into investment portfolios and coined “diversification” – investing in a range of different assets that are d...
The first quarter was extreme in the scale and magnitude of financial market volatility, particularly over the last six weeks of 1q’20. a dramatic, global economic slowdown resulted from the unprecedented global quarantine of entire populations, in most developed countries, in respo...
In this q2 2019 quarterly update we review the increasingly dovish attitudes adopted by central banks and the “whatever it takes” commitment to monetary stimulus, the general high yield market, our portfolio positioning and the top contributors and detractors from our five high yield fixed...
Barely one week into the new year, two of the most respected investors of investment grade “plus” fixed income publicly singled out high yield corporate bonds as a particularly poor investment. when respected peers make it a point to bash our entire asset class it would be worthy of...
Following the EU Commission's rejection of the Italian coalition government's 2019 Draft Budgetary Plan, we explore what the proposed measures mean for the country's credit ratings and the outlook for Italian Bonds.
Our high yield team focuses on the diligent implementation of our disciplined investment process. Our security selection is driven by bottom-up, value-based fundamental research; top-down analysis plays a secondary role.
The covid-19 pandemic had a dramatic effect on the market in early 2020. within days of u.s. stocks hitting an all-time high in february, u.s. equity indices began a one-month, 30-40% sell-off, u.s. high grade corporate spreads tripled, and high yield spreads briefly pierced +1000 bp stw. in resp...
China’s e-commerce and online services were among the few bright spots against the dismal economic backdrop this year. Many companies reported a surge in online sales during Covid that has remained elevated even as the number of cases fell and lockdown measures eased. While sales at China’s brick...
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 high yield markets have continued their very strong rally from their February 2016 lows. Every market environment presents investors with somewhat unique market internals, opportunities and challenges.
The U.S. High Yield market, as represented by the ICE BofAML US High Yield Constrained Index (HUC0) posted a +2.6% Q4’19 total return (‘TR’), and a +14.4% total return for the full-year 2019. The strong 2019 represented the fourth best annual return since the post-GFC recovery in 2009; modestly t...
Covid-19 has created a challenging environment for income reliant investors, with interest rates near all-time lows and expected to remain there for the foreseeable future, while in equity markets, even the most reliable dividend payers are facing mounting pressure on their dividend polici...
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...
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