2018 – the turn of the tide for loose money?

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.

Bill Harer

Bill Harer

Head of Fixed Income - Credit Research & UK Linked Funds

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Our short duration strategy: one year on

September 2007 is regarded by many as the beginning of the global financial crisis. However, despite the initial market sell-offs, the performance of most asset classes were turbo-charged in the decade that followed, given that it ushered in an era of ultra-loose monetary policy.

Michael Count

Michael Count

Senior Fund Manager, Fixed Income

Steve Matthews

Steve Matthews

Fund Manager, Liquidity

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Where are we finding opportunities amidst the Brexit uncertainty?

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?

Michael Count

Michael Count

Senior Fund Manager, Fixed Income

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Our outlook across asset classes

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?

David Marchant

David Marchant

Chief Investment Officer, Canada Life Limited & Managing Director, Canada Life Asset Management Limited.

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Yields remain stubbornly low

We have often talked about the extraordinary bull market we have witnessed in bonds in recent history, with 10-year UK gilt yields falling from 15% in 1974 to just 1% today. However, the long-term data shows that – although 2016 and 2017 have seen the lowest yields in the history of the UK gilt market – they are not that anomalous. Indeed, the incredibly high yields of the 1970s and 1980s look to be the anomalies in this context.

Michael Count

Michael Count

Senior Fund Manager, Fixed Income

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