The Case for Investing in Global Credit
Global credit can be a useful
diversifying asset class for Australian
investors. It can offer higher income
than cash, with less risk than shares,
while bringing diversification benefits that can reduce overall portfolio risk.
Bentham Syndicated Loan Primer
Syndicated loans have developed
into an institutionally accepted asset
class because of their competitive
absolute returns and strong risk adjusted returns. When investing
in Syndicated Loans it is important
to consider managers that offer
diversification, as well as access
to new issues and hedging for
Asset Allocation in a Zero Interest Rate World
The current low level of interest rates provides investors with a very low starting point for forecasting future market returns.
This paper considers the role for alternative asset allocations in a 60/40 balanced portfolio in different economic scenarios over the medium term.
Missing Asset Class
Australian investors’ portfolios are commonly allocated between two extremes: low-risk cash and fixed interest at one end, and high-risk equities (predominantly Australian equities) at the other, leaving a rather large gap in the middle.
This is unfortunate, because there is an income-producing asset that sits comfortably in that gap. This is The Missing Asset Class.
Better yields than bonds (with less risk than equities)
Investors are facing a common challenge: falling cash rates make it hard to earn a real return above inflation. Record-low yields on asset classes like cash (term deposits) and traditional fixed interest (government bonds) provide little investment income, while attempting to target similar returns from previous years may force investors to allocate into riskier asset classes such as equities, just as those markets are reaching new peaks.
Market Value & Liquidity
In this paper, Richard Quin outlines the key structural features that should be incorporated into in an open-ended credit investment fund.
The importance of the capital structure in credit investments
Before making any investment decision, whether it’s in equity, fixed income or property it’s important to consider whether you are adequately compensated for the risks you are taking. Understanding where your investment sits in the capital structure will help you recognise the potential downside that could result in permanent loss of capital.
Lost in the Middle
A discussion paper written by Richard Quin, concerning the position of credit vis a vis portfolio construction in the post global financial crisis economy.