Global absolute return bonds

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Our flagship global absolute return bond strategy aims to generate a return of cash plus 2% pa, and is also available in cash plus 3% or 4% pa1, depending on the investor's risk requirements by investing in what we consider to be our best investment ideas across government and corporate bonds, emerging market debt, high yield, currencies and asset-backed securities.

Watch our video to hear Peter Bentley, Head of UK and Global Credit discuss why fixed income is suited to an absolute return approach.

Potential benefits

Aims to deliver in all market conditions: the strategy can express both positive and negative views, with the appropriate use of derivatives, to seek to add value regardless of overall market direction.

Far more flexibility than a long-only strategy: portfolio managers can invest across the broad spectrum of fixed income in an effort to isolate the best sources of return.  

Avoidance of interest rate risks: the strategy, having a neutral duration position of 'zero', seeks to avoid exposure to interest rate rises when undesirable. Instead it can focus on capturing attractive credit spreads.

Low correlation with other major asset classes: absolute return strategies are useful diversifiers against an investor's traditional benchmarked strategies.

Managed by an experienced team: the strategy is managed by a highly-experienced team, with a transparent investment process and proven track record.  

Strategy in numbers

  • 2006 flagship strategy launched
  • 113 Fixed income investment professionals globally
  • US$170.2bn fixed income desk assets
  • US$7.8bn total strategy AUM

As of June 30, 2019. Assets under management (AUM) are represented by the value of cash securities and other economic exposures, and are calculated on a gross notional basis.*

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1 The targeted rates of return are hypothetical returns, and are for illustrative purposes only. Accordingly, no assumptions or comparisons should be made based upon these returns. Hypothetical returns are subject to inherent limitations. One limitation is that the returns do not take into account the impact that market and economic risks, such as defaults, pre-payments, and reinvestment rates, may have on actual trading. In no circumstances should the targeted returns be regarded as a representation, warranty or prediction that the specific deal will reflect any particular performance or that it will achieve or is likely to achieve any particular result or that investors will be able to avoid losses, including total losses of their investment.

Please note: the value of investments and any income from them will fluctuate and is not guaranteed (this may be partly due to exchange rate fluctuations). Investors may not get back the full amount invested. Past performance is not a guide to future performance.

Insight North America LLC (INA) is a registered investment adviser under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 and regulated by the US Securities and Exchange Commission. INA is part of “Insight” or “Insight Investment”, the corporate brand for certain asset management companies operated by Insight Investment Management Limited including, among others, Insight Investment Management (Global) Limited and Insight Investment International Limited. Insight’s assets under management are represented by the value of cash securities and other economic exposures, and are calculated on a gross notional basis. Advisory services referenced herein are available in the US only through INA.  

The views herein represent the opinions of Insight and are subject to change based on subsequent developments. They are not intended as investment advice or to predict or depict the performance of any investment. The material contained herein is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, investment, accounting or legal tax advice. Further, this material does not constitute a recommendation to buy, sell or hold any security. No offer or solicitation for the sale of any security or financial instrument is made hereby.