Global Fixed Income Strategy Monthly Report

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In our regularly updated macroeconomic analysis, we offer an outlook for interest rates and currencies – and look at which fixed income assets are favoured across a range of market environments. 

Global Fixed Income Strategy Monthly Report

In this edition:

  • Macro
    Despite higher-than-expected inflation readings earlier this year, we believe the US remains on a disinflationary path. Three factors should support the trend toward price stability in the coming months: lower shelter inflation, lower goods inflation, and lower core services inflation.
  • Credit
    Invesco Fixed Income traders and portfolio managers explain how new tools have improved credit trading, potentially leading to better market liquidity and investment outcomes.
  • Interest rate outlook
    We are positive on European interest rates and view the current level of yields as an attractive investment opportunity, especially at the front end of the yield curve. We are also positive on UK rates. The Bank of England’s June meeting minutes suggested a dovish stance, opening the way for the first interest rate cut in August, if the next inflation report shows further moderation.
  • Currency outlook
    We are negative on the euro, as we expect the European Central Bank to reduce rates further this year as inflation falls to its 2% target. We are also negative on the British pound, as we expect the Bank of England’s dovish stance and potential interest rate cuts to undermine support for the currency.
  • A Q&A on the possibility of disruption in the US overnight market
    In September 2019, the US overnight repo market experienced heightened volatility and sharp increases in rates. Global Liquidity Portfolio Manager Justin Mandeville explains why he thinks these events won’t happen again


Whether you’re looking for income, diversification, capital preservation or total returns, our global fixed income teams have the strategies, the scale and the flexibility needed to match your objectives as markets evolve.

We have more than 200 fixed income specialists who invest across regions, investment styles and capital structures. Their expertise spans the entire fixed income spectrum, covering credit, rates and currencies.

  • $313.72 billion in fixed income assets under management
  • 45+ years investing in fixed income markets

Source: Invesco as of 31 December 2022.

Fixed income investments can offer several important benefits to investors:

  • Diversification: Adding fixed income securities to a portfolio can help diversify it and reduce its overall risk, as bonds typically behave differently to other investment instruments like equities.
  • Risk reduction: Fixed income investments are deemed less risky than stocks, as the issuer is contractually obliged to meet the income payments and repay the principal sum on the redemption date. In the event of bankruptcy, fixed income instruments also sit higher up the capital structure than equities. This means that the issuer will meet its debt obligations before looking after its shareholders.    
  • Liquidity: Many fixed income securities are highly liquid and can be easily bought and sold in the market.

While fixed income securities are deemed less risky than equities, there are still some key things to look out for:

  • Interest rate risk: When interest rates go up, bond prices go down. This is because, in the new higher rate environment, new bonds will be issued on more attractive terms. As such, investors looking to sell their existing bonds will need to do so at a discount in order to compete.
  • Inflation risk: When investors buy a bond, they commit to tying their money up for a set period of time. If inflation is high or rises during the lifetime of the loan, its value will be eroded and their money will have less purchasing power when it is repaid on the redemption date. Inflation also erodes the purchasing power of the income earned.
  • Credit risk: When you invest in a business or government, there is always a risk that they will go bankrupt and fail to repay the loan. Furthermore, if they run into difficulties, they may struggle to meet interest payments and default on their obligations. Fixed income investors should carry out thorough credit analysis before buying a bond to make sure the issuer is financially sound.
  • Market risk: If an investor is unable to hold a bond until maturity and needs to sell it on the secondary market, price fluctuations resulting from the overall performance of financial markets could lead to losses.
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  • The value of investments and any income will fluctuate (this may partly be the result of exchange rate fluctuations) and investors may not get back the full amount invested. 

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