Changing times for fixed income

Explore key insights from institutional fixed income specialists around the world.

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Insights for an uncertain future

There is a sense among institutional investors that the current calm in fixed income markets is coming to an end. Learn how they are positioning their portfolios for a complex future.

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The “new normalization” of fixed income

Despite a broadly positive view of the global economic outlook, fixed income investors remain cautious over the pace of recovery and potential for negative shocks.

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Low yields remain the dominant challenge, but others are emerging

Low and falling yields have been the primary challenge facing investors since the financial crisis, but new challenges are changing the ways they think.

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Broad appeal of alternative credit

Alternative credit is seen as offering significant alpha potential as well as diversification and income generation benefits.

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Invesco fixed income - Rob Waldner

Robert Waldner

Head of Global Macro & Chief Strategist, Invesco Fixed Income

Rob Waldner is Chief Strategist and Head of the Multi-Sector team for Invesco Fixed Income. Mr. Waldner is responsible for facilitating the overall macro investment strategy for the fixed income platform and for oversight of the multi-sector portfolio construction process. He joined Invesco in 2013.

Prior to joining Invesco, Rob was with Franklin Templeton for 17 years. At Franklin Templeton, he was a senior strategist and senior portfolio manager. Previously, Mr. Waldner was a member of the Macro team at Omega Advisors and a portfolio manager with Glaxo (Bermuda) Ltd. He entered the industry in 1986.

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Important Information

Alpha: Often considered the active return on an investment, alpha gauges the performance of an investment against a market index or benchmark which is considered to represent the market's movement as a whole. The excess return of an investment relative to the return of a benchmark index is the investment alpha.

Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.

Diversification does not guarantee a profit or eliminate the risk of loss.

About Risk
Fixed-income investments are subject to credit risk of the issuer and the effects of changing interest rates. Interest rate risk refers to the risk that bond prices generally fall as interest rates rise and vice versa. An issuer may be unable to meet interest and/or principal payments, thereby causing its instruments to decrease in value and lowering the issuer's credit rating. The values of junk bonds fluctuate more than those of high quality bonds and can decline significantly over short time periods.

The risks of investing in securities of foreign issuers, including emerging market issuers, can include fluctuations in foreign currencies, political and economic instability, and foreign taxation issues.

The use of environmental and social factors to exclude certain investments for non-financial reasons may limit market opportunities available to funds not using these criteria. Further, information used to evaluate environmental and social factors may not be readily available, complete or accurate, which could negatively impact the ability to apply environmental and social standards.

Alternative products typically hold more non-traditional investments and employ more complex trading strategies, including hedging and leveraging through derivatives, short selling and opportunistic strategies that change with market conditions. Investors considering alternatives should be aware of their unique characteristics and additional risks from the strategies they use. Like all investments, performance will fluctuate. You can lose money. Investments in real estate related instruments may be affected by economic, legal, or environmental factors that affect property values, rents or occupancies of real estate. Real estate companies, including REITs or similar structures, tend to be small and mid-cap companies and their shares may be more volatile and less liquid.

Sample and methodology
The fieldwork for this study was conducted by NMG's strategy consulting practice. Invesco chose to engage a specialist independent firm to ensure high quality objective results. Key components of the methodology include:

  • A focus on the key fixed income decision makers within institutional investors and private banks, conducting interviews using experienced consultants and offering market insights rather than financial incentives.
  • In-depth (typically one hour) face-to-face interviews using a structured questionnaire to ensure quantitative as well as qualitative analytics were collected.
  • Analysis capturing investment preferences as well as actual investment allocations with a bias toward actual allocations over stated preferences Results interpreted by NMG's strategy team with relevant consulting experience in the global asset management sector.

August 2017, we conducted interviews with 79 different insurers, defined benefit and contribution pension funds, sovereign investors and private banks across Asia-Pacific, EMEA and North America. They are responsible for portfolios within asset owners collectively holding a total of US $4.4 trillion AUM (of June 30, 2017).

Please note that survey participants experiences may not be representative of others, nor does it guarantee the future performance or success of any investment strategy. There may be material differences in the investment objectives/goals, costs and expenses, liquidity needs, guarantees or insurance, fluctuation of principal or return, tax features and investment horizons of individual investors and institutional investors. Investors should consult a financial professional before making any investment decisions if they are uncertain whether an investment is suitable for them. Please obtain and review all financial material carefully before investing.

Invesco is not affiliated with NMG Consulting. The opinions expressed are those of NMG Consulting and are based on current market conditions and are subject to change without notice. These opinions may differ from other Invesco professionals. Invesco sponsored this survey.