Our Approach to Fixed Interest - May 2017
We take an active approach to fixed interest portfolio management. All investment decisions are driven by proprietary research across the full spectrum of potential return enhancers. These include duration and yield curve positions, off-benchmark positions through inflation-linked assets as well as yield enhancement through credit enhanced assets.
As is the case with equities, we believe value can be added through bottom-up security selection when assets are mispriced. Critical to the success of our fixed interest funds is our dynamic response to changing market conditions through active management of portfolio duration (a measure of the sensitivity of the market risk of the fund).
The fixed interest investment cycle (see Figure 4) guides our duration management, asset allocation and yield curve positioning. In its simplest form, the cycle is divided into two halves, which represent a falling inflation environment (good for bonds) and a rising inflation environment (bad for bonds). While the chart looks neat and even, the length of time it takes to move through each quadrant can be very different.