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Benjamin Conquet, BNP Paribas Asset Management
From Asset Allocation / Fixed Income June 28, 2012

BNP Paribas constructive over corporate bonds

Having deleveraged balanced sheets and refinanced themselves on favourable terms, corporates look to be in a healthy state. But slow growth in Europe means investors should favour those with a global reach

However, it is important to address discrepancies within the corporate bond market across countries through a maturity schedule.

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From Asset Allocation / Fixed Income June 28, 2012

Financial crisis catalyst for change in asset allocation

Rather than dealing in asset classes, investors should be thinking in terms of categories of risk to protect their portfolios

From Asset Allocation / Fixed Income May 30, 2012

Lower-rated credit attracts yield-hungry investors to corporate bonds

The safe but unspectacular yields from higher grade corporate bonds continue to attract those looking for defensive investments, but the more adventurous are turning to the generous returns offered by lower grade issuers

From Asset Allocation / Fixed Income May 2, 2012

High allocations to bonds risk upsetting the balance

Many funds with high allocations to bonds may not be as balanced as their name suggests, and investors need to be aware of the risks

From Asset Allocation / Fixed Income October 31, 2011

Attractive yields outweigh the risk

Most commentators believe that high yield bonds offer significant opportunities to investors as they have priced in a worst-case scenario that is unlikely to occur

From Asset Allocation / Fixed Income September 26, 2011

Strong inflows into emerging market bonds reflect changing world order

Worries over the state of the dollar and the euro have seen increasing levels of interest in local currencies in emerging markets

From Asset Allocation / Fixed Income June 28, 2011

Focus turns towards high yield debt

The all time highs enjoyed by corporate bonds over the past couple of years may be over, but the sector still offers attractive yield-based returns

Sandro Naef, Capital Four
From Asset Allocation / Fixed Income October 22, 2010

High yield remains attractive in low return environment

Flows into high yield bonds remain steady as the asset class continues to appeal to investors attracted by improved corporate fundamentals and the promise of low default rates. Ceri Jones reports.

Matt Ryan, MFS
From Asset Allocation / Fixed Income September 26, 2010

Developing country debt vehicles entice private investors

Flows into emerging market debt have been steadily increasing,writes Ceri Jones, with institutional investors in particular attracted by strong economic fundamentals and the reduced levels of volatility that bonds offer over equities.

From Asset Allocation / Fixed Income February 3, 2004

An even spread of balanced risk

Asset allocation is about controlling the risk added to the portfolio by each of its components.

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