Conventional approaches to fixed income investing rely on bond yields to generate returns. Most of the returns come from accumulating portfolios of bonds to harvest yield.
2019’s rampant bond rally came to a halt this month as bond yields rose, causing bond prices to fall across most major bond markets.
A common way to think about bond yields is to view them as a cushion that protects bondholders from the potential negative effects of duration risk. As bond yields have now collapsed to very low levels, that protection from duration risk has vanished.
In this nabtrade podcast, Gopi Karunakaran discusses alternative types of fixed income and the key risks investors should be considering.
Some central banks are pushing monetary policy into the upside down world of negative interest rates, but rather than success they are creating bizarre side effects.
Since the early 2000’s the name ‘Mrs. Watanabe’ has been used to describe yield seeking Japanese retail investors, who were forced to increase their offshore investment risk taking in response to ultra-low interest rates back home.
How is it that traditional safe haven assets like gold, government bonds and the Japanese yen are all performing strongly this year, just as risky assets like equities, credit and emerging markets are also doing very well?
Following the sharp sell-off in Q4 2018, credit markets globally have performed strongly in 2019. Having seen a big dip, followed by a quick rebound, how are we now left?
Liquidity is one of those things that doesn’t get much focus until it’s too late.
In this article, we will discuss five key risks to fixed income markets for FY20 and explain their relevance to those allocating to fixed income investments.