In this series, asset managers provide insights into the roots of their success and clarity around specific asset classes.

Fixed Income

What’s responsible for recent market volatility?

“In a financial environment shaped by unpredictability, we asked BlackRock’s Chief Investment Officer of Global Fixed Income, Rick Rieder, what approach his team takes on managing risk in these uncertain times and insights on what could be responsible for market volatility.”

Feeling Opportunistic?

“Opportunistic fixed-income investing has the potential to improve yields, returns and diversification, says Brij Khurana, multi-asset portfolio manager at Wellington Management. We asked him to share his perspective on opportunistic investing and on global fixed-income markets.”

Are Core Plus solutions the answer?

“Building an effective fixed income allocation in today’s environment is full of challenges. Are Core Plus solutions the answer? Investment Insights asked Rémi Tétreault, investment specialist, at Aviva Investors how institutional investors can benefit from adding Core Plus to a Core fixed income allocation.”

Think global, act local. Could that be the secret to successful Canadian fixed income investing?

“Find out why Robert Prospero, portfolio manager at Aviva Investors, thinks a global perspective with local portfolio management is critical to deliver resilient core plus Canadian fixed income solutions.”

Canadian Core or Core Plus Fixed Income?

“A Core Plus approach to Canadian fixed-income investing has the potential to improve returns without appreciably increasing risk exposure compared to a more traditional Core approach, according to Sunil Shah, Head of Canadian Fixed-Income at Aviva Investors.”

Can you manage risk more effectively?

“It's a question that keeps plan sponsors up at night – but with expert insights you can sleep more soundly.Find out how Aviva Investors' Rahul Khasgiwale and Sunil Shah approach risk and portfolio management, where they think plan sponsors may be underexposed, and what lessons smaller plans can learn from larger plans.”

Equity

What has the COVID-19 pandemic taught you about investment management?

“Successful investment management is a mix of science and art,” says Manulife Investment Management’s Patrick Blais. Learn how his team blends disciplined analysis, human insight and collegial portfolio construction in the latest Investment Insights.”

Aren’t emerging market equities very volatile for Canadian investors?

“Up to five years ago, “yes” was the answer to this question, but times have changed and emerging market equities have rarely been more diversifying for Canadian investors than they are today. Wellington Management’s Dáire Dunne adds that an unconstrained approach to EM investing can potentially reduce risk.”

How much is home country bias costing you?

“Pension plans are shifting their equity portfolios away from a home country bias and towards global equities – but there's still plenty of room for improvement, according to Maksim Piskunov, Associate Portfolio Manager of AGF's Global Team. Find out why he thinks a global approach to investing is more relevant than ever in an environment of rising populism and de-globalization.”

Other

What role can investment managers play in the climate transition?

“The road to climate transition has become the focal point of several sectors over the past few years, and the financial sector is no exception.”

Surviving the hurricane: What happened in the quant market?

“We have built our own proprietary risk model, which served us well last year because we believe it’s better at predicting risks for our strategies than off-the-shelf risk models.”

What is driving increased investor interest in ESG?

“As a tangible consequence of COVID-19, we think investors will increasingly pay attention to companies’ social performance – particularly, issues around human capital and business continuity.”

Do good to do better

“High visibility in the news and in social media means environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues can have a significant impact on stock and bond prices. Investment Insights asked MFS how ESG analysis is integrated into their investment process to help identify companies with the potential to achieve best possible risk-adjusted returns.”

Is real estate on your radar?

“Exposure to global direct real estate and listed REITs can diversify plans and provide income that boosts total returns — and both asset types are available to both small and large plans. Learn more about the benefits, risks and institutional investing trends from Invesco Real Estate's Tracey Luke, senior director and client portfolio manager, and Darin Turner, managing director and portfolio manager.”