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.
Many of the recent comments around fixed income have referred to the impact on the asset class of global monetary tightening. For example, the US Federal Reserve (Fed) and Bank of Canada (BoC) have already raised interest rates, the Bank of England (BoE) have followed suit and, in January, the European Central Bank (ECB) will begin tapering their huge quantitative easing programme.
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?
With less dovish tones starting to emanate from central banks globally, relatively high valuations across equities and a cooling off in the London property market, it is safe to say that we are not spoilt for choice in terms of attractive opportunities. Following a somewhat volatile second quarter, how are we positioned for Q3?