Ultra-low yields fundamentally change the risk vs. reward proposition of government bonds.
It is widely assumed that government bonds are inherently ‘safe’ investments but this assumption is no longer so reliable.
To properly assess performance the underlying drivers of return must be understood, including the types of risk to which a portfolio is exposed.
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.
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.
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.
2019 has so far been a stellar year for bond returns globally. Even a simple passive exposure to long dated bonds has delivered handsome profits that far exceed the average yield of those bonds.
Despite bond yields in many markets getting vanishingly low, inflows to bond funds globally have actually accelerated this year.
Conventional portfolio construction assumes that governments bonds will diversify equity risk. The theory is that when equities fall, bond yields decline, resulting in capital gains on bonds that help offset equity losses. The problem is that it’s not working that way in practice.