Outside of ‘vanilla’ fixed income securities – your standard corporate and government bonds – there exists a vast array of options for investors, most of which are little discussed. These range from relatively simple floating rate notes, to exotic products with various convertible or re-set features, which can be triggered in a number of scenarios. One area that has done particularly well in 2017 has been hybrid corporate bonds.
The impact that Brexit will have on asset prices remains unknown. At present, it appears that neither the credit nor the equity market are concerned, with regard to financials. Global economic growth remains robust and we forecast a relatively benign operating environment for companies in the UK and the Eurozone. But where are we finding attractive opportunities within the financials space?
In 2016, we timed the portfolio shifts of the CF Canlife Global Equity and CF Canlife North American funds very well, rotating our overweights into the more value areas of the market as economic indicators – such as the Citigroup Economic Surprise Index – began to suggest that consensus views were too bearish.