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Navigating the Curve

Dynamic Markets Call for Flexible Investment Solutions

 

We believe today’s bond market offers investors a rare set of opportunities to suit a wide range of portfolio objectives. Explore our comprehensive range of actively managed fixed income solutions that span the yield curve and provide a variety of risk/return profiles for fixed income investors.

 

Actively Managed Solutions

As active investment managers, we are well-positioned to capitalise on opportunities as they arise and adjust our positions as market conditions change.

Our Fixed Income Suite offers specialized strategies across a continuum of duration and yield combinations.

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Investment Ideas

Compare our range of traditional and specialized fixed income solutions, including short, intermediate and longer-term strategies.

Forward Thinking

Get the latest perspectives from our portfolio managers on strategies for seeking higher current income or capital appreciation.

Fixed Income Team Capabilities

Specialised teams span the global fixed income markets, offering a unique array of strategies and solutions.

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We believe today's bond market offers investors a rare set of opportunities to suit a wide range of portfolio objectives. Explore our comprehensive range of actively managed fixed income solutions that span the yield curve and provide a variety of risk/return profiles for fixed income investors.

Actively Managed Solutions

As active investment managers, we are well-positioned to capitalise on opportunities as they arise and adjust our positions as market conditions change.

Our Fixed Income Suite offers specialized strategies across a continuum of duration and yield combinations.

Explore Our Fixed Income Capabilities

Overview

Investment Ideas

Compare our range of traditional and specialized fixed income solutions, including short, intermediate and longer-term strategies.

Forward Thinking

Get the latest perspectives from our portfolio managers on strategies for seeking higher current income or capital appreciation.

Fixed Income Team Capabilities

Specialised teams span the global fixed income markets, offering a unique array of strategies and solutions.

Flash Update Video

Featured Insights

View All Fixed Income Insights

Interested in Learning More?

Contact Us
 

RISK CONSIDERATIONS
Portfolios are subject to market risk, which is the possibility that the market values of securities owned by the portfolio will decline and that the value of portfolio shares may therefore be less than what you paid for them. Market values can change daily due to economic and other events (e.g. natural disasters, health crises, terrorism, conflicts and social unrest) that affect markets, countries, companies or governments. It is difficult to predict the timing, duration, and potential adverse effects (e.g. portfolio liquidity) of events. Accordingly, you can lose money investing in any strategy. ESG strategies that incorporate impact investing and/or environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors could result in relative investment performance deviating from other strategies or broad market benchmarks, depending on whether such sectors or investments are in or out of favor in the market. As a result, there is no assurance ESG strategies could result in more favorable investment performance. In general, equity securities’ values also fluctuate in response to activities specific to a company. Investments in foreign markets entail special risks such as currency, political, economic, and market risks. The risks of investing in emerging market countries are greater than risks associated with investments in foreign developed countries. Fixed income securities are subject to the ability of an issuer to make timely principal and interest payments (credit risk), changes in interest rates (interest-rate risk), the creditworthiness of the issuer and general market liquidity (market risk). In a rising interest-rate environment, bond prices may fall and may result in periods of volatility and increased portfolio redemptions. In a declining interest-rate environment, the portfolio may generate less income. Longer-term securities may be more sensitive to interest rate changes. Real estate investments, including real estate investment trusts, are subject to risks similar to those associated with the direct ownership of real estate. Alternative investments are speculative, involve a high degree of risk, are highly illiquid, typically have higher fees than other investments, and may engage in the use of leverage, short sales, and derivatives, which may increase the risk of investment loss. These investments are designed for investors who understand and are willing to accept these risks. Performance may be volatile, and an investor could lose all or a substantial portion of its investment.

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Short Maturity Euro Bond Fund

Seeks to provide an attractive rate of relative return, measured in Euro, through investment primarily in high-quality issues of Euro-denominated fixed income securities, whether issued by corporations, government or government-guaranteed issuers. The Fund will invest primarily, in order to reduce volatility, in individual securities with maturity dates having a maximum of five years.

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Intermediate Term Description
Calvert Sustainable Global Green Bond Fund

The Fund will invest primarily in Green Bonds including the global securities of corporate, government and government related issuers across a spectrum of fixed income asset classes. Calvert integrates the consideration of sustainability themes and ESG issues in its investment decision-making on a discretionary basis as detailed below. In addition, the Investment Adviser may include evaluation of positive and negative contributions towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals and may engage company management around corporate governance practices and what it deems to be materially important environmental and/or social issues facing a company.

European Fixed Income Opportunities Fund

Seeks to provide an attractive level of total return, measured in euros, by investing primarily in euro-denominated securities of corporate, government and government-related issuers, across a spectrum of fixed income asset classes, including high-yield bonds, investment-grade bonds, mortgage-backed securities, convertibles and currencies.

Global Asset Backed Securities Fund Seeks to provide an attractive rate of total return, measured in U.S. dollars, through investment primarily in fixed income securities that are mortgage-backed securities, commercial mortgage-backed securities, collateralized mortgage obligations and covered bonds that are covered by mortgages ('mortgage backed securities').
Euro Corporate Bond Fund Seeks to provide an attractive rate of relative return, measured in Euro, through investment primarily in high quality issues of Euro denominated fixed income securities, issued by corporations and other non-government related issuers ('corporate bonds').
Global Fixed Income Opportunities Fund

The Global Fixed Income Opportunities Fund combines a top-down macroeconomic assessment, to determine optimal beta positioning for the portfolio, with rigorous bottom-up fundamental and quantitative analysis to guide our active management decisions. Our approach to managing an active, flexible strategy is to generate attractive risk-adjusted returns by creating a highly diversified portfolio constructed from a broad set of fixed income assets, while paying close attention to the correlations between the asset classes in order to blend risks optimally.

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Opportunistic Credit Description
US Dollar Short Duration High Yield Bond Fund

We focus on middle-market credits, or credits with less than $1 billion of total debt outstanding, using a value-oriented fixed income approach. In our experience, middle-market issues relative to larger peers can provide superior yields, higher coupons, shorter maturities and lower volatility, with default rates that are generally in line with the broader market.

European High Yield Bond Fund Seeks to provide an attractive rate of return, measured in euro, through investments worldwide primarily in lower rated and unrated fixed income securities issued by governments, agencies and corporations that offer a yield above that generally available on debt securities in the four highest rating categories of S&P or Moody's denominated in European currencies.

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