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Four Reasons Why Smaller Institutions Should Consider a Leveraged Finance Allocation

Four Reasons Why Smaller Institutions Should Consider a Leveraged Finance Allocation

🕔14:39, 15.May 2020

Institutional investors relying solely on a core bond or similar all-in-one approach for their fixed income exposure may be missing out on an important investment opportunity set: leveraged finance assets, which include key below-investmentgrade market segments such as high-yield corporate

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Leveraged Finance Asset Allocation Insights

Leveraged Finance Asset Allocation Insights

🕔14:23, 15.May 2020

Bright Signs Amid the Gloom Spreads on high yield bonds and bank loans rallied sharply in April, with index levels 100-200 basis points (bps) tighter compared to quarter-end and nearly 400 bps inside of the mid-March wides. On the negative

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Taking Stock of Japanese Small Caps

Taking Stock of Japanese Small Caps

🕔16:58, 27.Apr 2020

The coronavirus panic, falling oil prices and a weaker domestic economy largely inuenced the recent Japanese market correction. However, we believe global and domestic cyclicals are well positioned for the eventual recovery.   The current performance of the Japanese markets

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In Unsettled Asian Markets, the Beauty of Volatility is Opportunity

In Unsettled Asian Markets, the Beauty of Volatility is Opportunity

🕔15:55, 27.Apr 2020

Behind the volatility lients have asked us about the difference between the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) and the crisis we face today. During the GFC, control of the recovery was largely in the hands of the government bailing out troubled

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How Quantifying ESG Risks in Developed Markets Fixed Income May Enhance Investor Outcomes

How Quantifying ESG Risks in Developed Markets Fixed Income May Enhance Investor Outcomes

🕔07:32, 23.Apr 2020

Our Key Risk Indicators (KRIs) bridge the gap between sustainability disclosure standards such as those set by the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and quantifiable ESG trends developed specifically with investment analysis in mind. The following is an update of

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Asia Equities: The Pandemic Shall Pass, But So Shall the Opportunity

Asia Equities: The Pandemic Shall Pass, But So Shall the Opportunity

🕔10:02, 16.Apr 2020

Given the unprecedented scale of disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which has shut down most segments of the global economy in ways not seen since the Second World War, investment models based on past economic slowdowns or macro theme-based

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Covid-19 Sends Us Back to an Early-Cycle Economy at Stall Speed

Covid-19 Sends Us Back to an Early-Cycle Economy at Stall Speed

🕔08:43, 13.Apr 2020

Capital Market Line   We were eagerly awaiting the first quarter of 2020 to demonstrate that 2019 merely marked a slowdown, not the onset of a late-cycle recession. While we’ve been proponents of the global economy’s mid-cycle status, we had acknowledged

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Indian Equity Market: Navigating With Prudence and Simplicity

Indian Equity Market: Navigating With Prudence and Simplicity

🕔14:36, 8.Apr 2020

The Indian equity market has not been immune to indiscriminate selling due to coronavirus pandemic fears. But while headwinds have picked up for Indian equities in line with global peers, as long-term investors in India, we believe the market continues

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China: A Gradual Recovery Underway

China: A Gradual Recovery Underway

🕔12:45, 8.Apr 2020

Going into 2020, we expected China’s economy to modestly decelerate from the 6.1% pace of growth in 2019, but to cyclically improve as headwinds from the US-China trade war subsided. The coronavirus outbreak presented a signicant exogenous shock to China’s

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We Can’t Go Home Again

We Can’t Go Home Again

🕔05:36, 2.Apr 2020

Markets continue to be dominated by COVID-19. In the early weeks of March, Imperial College’s initial projections of huge numbers of deaths if intensive care units (ICUs) were to overflow coincided with grim news out of Italy, where such scenarios

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The Global Growth Marathon

The Global Growth Marathon

🕔16:18, 20.Mar 2020

Capital Market Line   Last year proved to be a turning point. Word of an imminent trade deal between the US and China represented a peak in trade escalation and uncertainty. Global manufacturing – the epicenter of the trade war –

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Coronavirus Update: Our Response and Asset Class Positioning

Coronavirus Update: Our Response and Asset Class Positioning

🕔09:08, 19.Mar 2020

As a global organization, PineBridge is focused on the health and safety of our employees and servicing our client portfolios as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic unfolds. We are closely monitoring developments in all regions to follow this evolving situation and

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The Clock Is Ticking on Libor: What It Means for US Syndicated Loans and CLOs

The Clock Is Ticking on Libor: What It Means for US Syndicated Loans and CLOs

🕔08:29, 13.Mar 2020

The London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor), the most widely referenced short-term interest rate in the world, is set to be phased out after 2021 owing to concerns about its subjectivity. Given the magnitude of financial contracts tied to US Libor,

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Strong Technicals Could Drive Leveraged Finance Rally

Strong Technicals Could Drive Leveraged Finance Rally

🕔11:35, 30.Jan 2020

Leveraged Finance Asset Allocation Insights Spreads on high yield bonds, bank loans, and CLO debt tranches continued to tighten throughout the first few weeks of January amid a backdrop of consistently positive macroeconomic data, a signed Phase One US-China trade agreement,

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The Global Growth Marathon

The Global Growth Marathon

🕔09:44, 20.Jan 2020

Capital Market Line Last year proved to be a turning point. Word of an imminent trade deal between the US and China represented a peak in trade escalation and uncertainty. Global manufacturing – the epicenter of the trade war – began to

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Fiscal Is Coming! What Will Be Its Impact on Markets?

Fiscal Is Coming! What Will Be Its Impact on Markets?

🕔14:08, 9.Jan 2020

In a post-crisis economy characterized by insufficient demand and a liquidity trap, few would have prescribed a policy mix of torrential monetary accommodation teamed with tight fiscal spending. Yet that’s precisely what we got, spawning economic frustration and populism. Politicians

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Seizing Select Opportunities in Loans

Seizing Select Opportunities in Loans

🕔14:51, 8.Jan 2020

As the United States moved closer to a phase-one trade deal with China and investors looked past the quarter’s earnings trough into 2020’s expected rebound, the rally in high yield and loan spreads continued, and even accelerated. Notably, lower quality

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Capital Market Line: The Implications of Reopened Credit Spigots and a Trade Time-Out

Capital Market Line: The Implications of Reopened Credit Spigots and a Trade Time-Out

🕔13:32, 7.Jan 2020

Last quarter’s return of extremely accommodating monetary policies and the renewal of US-China trade talks were the two most signicant developments affecting our ve-year outlook as expressed in our Capital Market Line (CML). Since our CML focuses on how events

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China A-Shares: Perspectives From the Inside Out

China A-Shares: Perspectives From the Inside Out

🕔10:59, 2.Jan 2020

A large and liquid domestic equity market in China is shaping up to be one of the world’s biggest investable universes. To capture the generational opportunity of China A-shares, international investors need to navigate a unique environment that’s a source

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Rising Dispersion Creates Opportunities in Loans and High Yield

Rising Dispersion Creates Opportunities in Loans and High Yield

🕔11:27, 13.Dec 2019

While bank-loan total returns continue to trail those of high yield by a significant margin year to date, the asset class outperformed high-yield bonds in November amid a backdrop of higher Treasury rates and slowing retail outflows. Less susceptible to

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A Battle of Three Cycles

A Battle of Three Cycles

🕔17:42, 27.Nov 2019

In 2020, we see three forces in the global outlook: the macro, monetary policy, and political cycles. While the macro cycle is typically the dominant market influence, in 2020, we see monetary policy wielding the most sway. The political cycle

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The Third Time Should Be the Charm

The Third Time Should Be the Charm

🕔17:29, 26.Nov 2019

The end of this expansion’s third mini-slowdown and rebound in global PMI’s should lead to a greater rebound in cash flows than in GDP, like the prior two mini-slowdowns. A plateauing of trade hostilities, instead of outright reversals, is enough

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Putting Money to Work in the Age of Peak Investing

Putting Money to Work in the Age of Peak Investing

🕔11:36, 25.Nov 2019

Private Funds Outlook Amid the current environment of slowing growth, below-target inflation and ultra-low interest rates, highly levered financial engineering is likely to remain in vogue in 2020. In spite of these conditions, doors may open to smaller, mid-market transactions

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Cutting Through the Noise with Selectivity

Cutting Through the Noise with Selectivity

🕔08:07, 25.Nov 2019

The extended length of the current economic cycle obscures the many mini-cycles in industrial and consumer sectors – early identification of these periods can provide the potential for meaningful alpha opportunities. Companies that embrace digitalization, data capture and the use

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Stick With Quality as Economies Slow

Stick With Quality as Economies Slow

🕔11:47, 21.Nov 2019

Fixed Income Asset Allocation Insights  With credit spreads now largely in a fair valuation range, our current allocations remain unchanged. After cutting the federal funds rate by the anticipated 25 basis points (bps) and lowering the target range to 1.5%-1.75%,

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