European Aggregate Core Plus Strategy

European Aggregate Core Plus Strategy

European Aggregate Core Plus Strategy


The European Aggregate Core Plus Strategy is a value-oriented fixed income strategy that seeks attractive total returns from income and price appreciation by investing in a globally diversified portfolio of government, corporation, and non-government debt denominated in euro and non-euro currencies. To help achieve this objective, the strategy combines a top-down assessment of macroeconomic conditions and the corporate bond universe with rigorous bottom-up fundamental analysis. The strategy has a broad investment universe and can purchase securities rated BB- and above.


Investment Approach

The investment team believes that market participants may often mis-value a company’s default risk, resulting in bond prices that fail to reflect the true credit profile of a company. However, the team believes that the market will re-value the bond prices of high-quality issuers based over time, thereby offering investors the opportunity to potentially exploit these pricing inefficiencies and earn superior returns over the long term. The team believes that successful credit management depends on four factors:

  • A value-driven process
  • Forward-looking credit analysis
  • Broad diversification to help reduce portfolio risk
  • A global approach
Combined Quantitative and Qualitative Approach

The team’s investment approach integrates strong qualitative analysis with robust quantitative valuation tools at every stage of the investment process, providing a robust credit management process.

Extensive Experience

The Global Fixed Income Team at Morgan Stanley Investment Management has invested in fixed income assets since 1975, and in European fixed income assets since 1990.

Global Research

An emphasis on a team-based approach to research and investment, allows investors to benefit from the combined insight and expertise of the Global Fixed Income Team of 60 investment professionals. Approximately 80% of Morgan Stanley Investment Management’s research is generated in-house, and this is supplemented by Morgan Stanley sell-side and 3rd party research.

Investment Process
Macro Analysis

The process begins with a top-down value assessment of the bond universe, including a consideration of macroeconomic conditions, the corporate earnings environment and relative valuations.


The team applies what they believe to be a unique combination of quantitative and qualitative filters to identify bond issuers that meet its investment criteria in terms of competitive position, franchise value and management quality.

Credit Analysis

The team conduct rigorous credit analysis and focus on financial risk, business risk and management ability/intentions.

Valuation Analysis

The team’s credit analysis narrows the universe to approximately 200 investment candidates on which a relative valuation assessment is conducted.

Portfolio Construction:

A portfolio based on specific client guidelines is constructed, with sector allocation driven primarily from bottom-up security selection (subject to our risk management guidelines).

Portfolio Managers  
Leon Grenyer
Leon Grenyer
Head of European Multi-Sector
28 years industry experience
Richard Ford
Richard Ford
Co-Head, Broad Markets Fixed Income
33 years industry experience
Anton Heese
Anton Heese
Executive Director
23 years industry experience

Effective May 27, 2022, Richard Class has stepped down as a Portfolio Manager for the Strategy, and Anton Heese was added as a Portfolio Manager.









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