Bond Investors Should Watch Out for the Flavor of the Month

Rising rates and inflation aren’t the biggest risks high-yield bond investors face today. We think the larger concerns are concentration and crowding stemming from low liquidity.

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Will Two Key Sectors Survive China’s “Long” Landing?

By Hayden Briscoe (pictured), Shamaila Khan and Jenny Zeng Based on insights from our team’s recent trip to China, we noted that the country is likely headed for a long economic landing. What does that mean for its infrastructure and commodity sectors?

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China’s Economy Gliding into “Long” Landing

By Hayden Briscoe (pictured), Shamaila Khan and Jenny Zeng China’s economy isn’t headed for a hard or soft landing—instead, it’s more likely to be a long landing. That’s our perspective, based on our team’s recent visit to China to get an up-close look at the economic landscape.

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CLO Rule Change Clouds Outlook for Bank Loans

Retail investors fell out of love with US bank loans this year, but demand from issuers of collateralized loan obligations (CLOs) has remained strong. New regulations may change that. Should investors be concerned? We think so.

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Pick and Mix: Fresh Ideas for Diversifying Bond Exposure

Policy backdrops and growth trajectories around the world are showing increasing signs of divergence. Yet many bond investors continue to congregate in a few selected pockets of the fixed income universe. In our view, it’s a perfect time to reconsider diversification tactics.

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In Energy Revolution, Bond Investors Must Keep Their Heads

By Ivan Rudolph-Shabinsky (pictured) and Petter Stensland A surge in capital expenditures and leverage in the energy industry could end badly for some companies and their creditors. While select opportunities exist, we think bond investors should think carefully before they blindly bankroll today’s North American energy revolution.

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The Right Fit: Global Bonds and DC Plans

At a time when US defined contribution plans are seeking to control risk and enhance returns, hedged global bonds can improve outcomes for participants and sponsors. But how do plans incorporate global bonds in core menus and target-date funds?

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Tinkering with the Core Bond Recipe

This is the time of year when, in almost every American household, the tinkerer in the family eyes the recipe box. Certain venerable traditions will make it to the Thanksgiving table intact. A cousin or an in-law is sure to bring an entirely new dish. And some traditional plates could use some freshening up. That’s [...]

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Is Levering Bonds a Loser’s Game Today?

By Michael DePalma (pictured) and Arnab Nilim Multi-asset strategies like risk parity owe much of their popularity to their ability to navigate the global financial crisis. Lately, critics have cited levered bond returns as the driver—and as a looming headwind. We think they’re missing a key point.

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Forget Volatility; Watch Credit Quality, Maturity

If you’re worried about the recent spike in bond market volatility, we’ve got a bit of advice: Don’t be. There are plenty of other risks—chiefly credit quality and flatter yield curves—that are causing shakeups in some corners of the fixed-income world. Happily, there are things you can do about them.

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