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Ky van tang, co-lead in credit research explores the importance of considering responsible investment in investment decisions.
Over a career spanning three decades, head of short term investments and global credit tony togher has invested ahead of change in fixed income markets. he shares his analysis of relative value in markets today and the importance of managing liquidity, return and volatility.
First sentier investors has been managing global credit strategies for more than 25 years and has the expertise and know-how to manage portfolios through full credit cycles.
In this paper we outline why we believe there’s a case for making a structural allocation to credit markets within a diversified investment portfolio. for some, this might involve a partial reallocation of capital from composite/diversified fixed income exposures in favour of credit...
credit portfolios with genuine environmental social and governance (esg) integration could be a canary in the coal mine for potentially difficult-to-quantify risks and opportunities, including those likely to stem from climate change and the energy transition. while governments globa...
After appreciating in 2021, corporate bonds have struggled in the first half of 2022. corporate credit fundamentals still appear reasonably favourable, but corporate bond prices have declined owing to the prospect of rising borrowing costs in key regions and an increase in geopolitical ris...
In march 2023, 170 year old investment bank credit suisse required a hastily-arranged takeover by ubs to prevent a banking crisis and broader economic fallout in switzerland and likely other parts of the world.
Income-seeking investors all appear to be asking the same question: “With prospective returns from defensive assets currently so low, how can I generate any meaningful income from my investments?”
Head of short term investments and global credit tony togher discusses negative interest rates in australia, the ongoing role of cash in portfolios and gives insight into how the largest cash manager in australia continues to add value when rates are low.
In this update, we provide an overview of how our global credit team are responding to market volatility stemming from the coronavirus outbreak. we also outline some of the key drivers of performance in the cfs wholesale global credit income fund during the recent sell...
Podcast: our take on 'whatever it takes' - spotlight on cash and credit
Corporate bonds have performed well over the past year or so, since the Covid shock in early 2020.
At First Sentier Investors, we believe responsible investment is an essential component of asset stewardship and that embedding responsible practices into the core of our investment activities is in the best long-term interests of investors.
Learn how our global credit income strategy can help generate diversified investments. we go the extra mile to navigate risks and opportunities in global markets.
Because of their income characteristics, it is possible to anticipate the future return profile of global credit securities with a reasonable degree of confidence. doing so is certainly less complicated than predicting movements in interest rates in an effort to earn capital gains.
In a recent note, we discussed some of the lessons that debt investors can learn from the demise of 170 year old investment bank credit suisse.
Despite the significant volatility in financial markets that was such a defining feature of 2022, credit fundamentals remain broadly supportive; particularly in the us and europe. interest coverage ratios – which measure how comfortably companies can service their debt repayment obligation...
The health of corporate balance sheets and anticipation of resilient earnings are among factors potentially benefiting global credit this year.
Many investors are questioning how rising interest rates will affect corporate borrowers. will their financing costs rise significantly and, from a credit investors’ perspective, do higher rates elevate default risk?
The Coronavirus crisis and its economic and financial market impacts echo several other fear-induced episodes that First Sentier Investors has seen in his 35 years in the investment business. See how the Coronavirus has affected debt markets, yields and market sentiment.
Facing our largest deficit since 1945, the question is how has the federal government set australia’s course for the next decade. while the focus of the budget stimulus is aimed at mitigating some of the economic risks, our debt is forecast to climb to 44% of gdp by 2024 – a level inconsistent wi...
Leading global investment manager, first sentier investors, and boutique european alternative credit manager, albacore capital group limited (albacore) have received all regulatory approvals pertaining to their strategic partnership.
Leading global investment manager, first sentier investors (fsi), has entered into a strategic partnership with a leading european credit manager, albacore capital group (albacore), making a majority investment in the business.
Fortunately it’s possible to anticipate the future return profile of short-dated global credit with a reasonable degree of confidence. doing so is certainly less complicated than predicting economic conditions and movements in interest rates and, in turn, forecasting possible return...
Learn about investing in fixed income today. First Sentier Investors' on-the-ground teams share investment ideas uncovered in developed & emerging markets.
Over the past decade, the weighting of BBB rated issues in investment grade corporate bond indices has risen sharply.
As shareholders question ESG practices more than ever before, we spoke to our clients about how they are thinking about ESG when managing their funds. From reducing emissions to corporate culture and ESG risk assessments, the conversation highlighted the industry’s approach is not uniform but we ...
We consider ESG risks to be factors that may place business value at risk. Companies at risk are identified using both external providers and our own internally driven research, which is based on a systematic and extensive company meeting program.
Find out more about our short term investment cash funds today. They aim to provide a regular income from investments in money market securities.
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The ongoing coronavirus (covid-19) outbreak has morphed from a health crisis to an economic crisis, forcing governments to balance keeping their people safe with limiting the severity of the economic downturn including a raft of extraordinary fiscal support measures. a by-product of this sizeable...
As asset allocators, we look at where there are attractive opportunities. Here our Multi-Asset Solutions team share their outlook for their broad investment universe and where to find the best risk-adjusted returns.
global asset management group focused on providing high quality, long-term investment capabilities to clients. we bring together independent teams of active, specialist investors who share a common commitment to responsible investment principles.
As one might expect, defaults tend to be cyclical in nature with recessions typically pushing the overall default rate higher. The fluctuating US corporate default rate over the past 25 years or so is shown in Figure 1 below.
A new study has found that on average people could be ingesting approximately 5 grams of plastic every week, which is the equivalent weight of a credit card.
The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has seen most financial assets sell-off across the board, including securities in the traditionally defensive listed property sector, as investors grapple with how the drastic government and central bank responses to the crisis will augur for property lan...
The first sentier wholesale strategic cash fund (‘the fund’) reported a positive return (0.0032 or 0.32%, gross of fees) for the month of october 2022. this result was a welcome development following the low interest rate environment of the last 2 years, which has seen cash as an asset class stru...
With the support of MUFG Bank, Ltd., (MUFG Bank), First Sentier Investors has launched a private debt capability focused initially on loans to the renewable energy sector.
Shares, bonds, and alternative asset classes tend to dominate media attention and headlines, but there's a forgotten asset class that underpins most investors’ portfolios: cash. record low interest rates around the world saw cash fall out of favour with investors in recent years, but prospective ...
We are entering a new era. The year 2024 will be unpredictable and clouded by many uncertainties. It will be marked by geopolitical risks, the ongoing taming of the inflation beast, and how the US Presidential election will impact markets.
As the curtain closes on another year of surprises, investors are hoping for smoother sailing next year. But with inflation on the rise and a new Omicron variant in the mix, the outlook is far from clear. Against this backdrop, we asked some of our leading Portfolio Managers what issues will be o...
Afterpay is one of Australia’s most discussed stocks. But with key buy now, pay later players only scratching the surface of the Australian retail market, Duskho Bajic, Head of Australian Equities Growth, sees room for new competition. Dushko explores the evolving buy now, pay later landscape and...
While the wild swings in share, credit, currency, and commodity markets have garnered most of the attention in the months following the covid-19 outbreak, cash markets in australia have seen some highly unusual movements that demand further scrutiny.
or… why there is nothing passive about managing a passive fund!
2020 has been a bumpy ride for many since the Covid-19 outbreak first took hold earlier in the year. Since our last Neutral Asset Allocation (NAA) review, there have been several developments however attention is still dominated by the ongoing pandemic. At least as we near the end of this turbule...
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Why a flexible investment approach may make all the difference when simply being invested is no longer enough.
2022 was a year of extremes for fixed income markets. Before thinking about the year ahead, it’s perhaps worth summarising the key themes that drove local and international fixed income markets in the past 12 months.