Contingent Convertible Bond Strategy

Contingent Convertible Bond Strategy

Contingent Convertible Bond Strategy


The Contingent Convertible Bond Strategy seeks income by investing in contingent convertible (CoCo) securities, subordinated and senior debt, aiming to help manage risk by seeking to hold a maximum allocation of 10%* in securities rated B or lower. The bottom-up process selects securities based on criteria including credit fundamentals, liquidity and call features.

Investment Approach

An increasingly complex marketplace calls for active management. With Fixed Income markets becoming more fragmented, solutions that offer ongoing credit review and management, professional sourcing of inventory and agency trade execution can add critical value.

A multi-faceted approach that combines top-down and bottom up analysis drives security selection, and positions the team to take advantage of evolving market opportunities.

Managing risk is key, which is why the portfolio managers use conservative risk parameters to construct the portfolios and help mitigate downside risk.

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Lead portfolio managers have decades of experience managing portfolios through multiple market cycles. 

Investment Process
Portfolio Manager  
Kevin Lynyak
Managing Director
29 years industry experience

*The portfolio may exceed this from time to time due to market conditions and outstanding trades.

There is no assurance that a portfolio will achieve its investment objective. 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 this portfolio. Please be aware that this portfolio may be subject to certain additional risks.
Risks Relating to Contingent Convertible Bonds (“CoCos”). CoCos are issued primarily by non-U.S. financial companies and have complex features and unique risk considerations that differentiate them from traditional convertible, preferred or debt securities. Depending upon the terms of the particular issue, upon the occurrence of certain triggering events the securities may be mandatorily converted into common equity of the issuer (at either a predetermined fixed rate or variable rate), or the principal of the securities may be temporarily or permanently written down. As a result, investors may lose all or part of their principal investment. The triggering events will be described in the offering documents for each particular issue. However, they generally include the issuer failing to maintain a minimum capital ratio—a subjective determination by a regulator—that triggers the conversion or the write-down; and/or there may be other circumstances adverse to the issuer. In addition, market value will be affected by many unpredictable factors, including but not limited to: the market value of the issuer’s common equity, the issuer’s creditworthiness and capital ratios, any indication that the securities are trending toward a trigger event, supply and demand for the securities, and events that affect the issuer or the financial markets generally. There may be no active secondary market for the securities, and there is no guarantee that one will develop. Payment of interest or dividends may be at the sole discretion of the issuer, including prior to the occurrence of any trigger event. In most cases, the issuer is under no obligation to accrue or pay skipped payments (i.e., payments may be noncumulative). Thus, the dividend or interest payments may be deferred or cancelled at the issuer’s discretion or upon the occurrence of certain events. The issuer may have the right to substitute or vary the terms of the securities in certain instances. The issuer may have the right, but not the obligation, to redeem all or part of the securities in its sole discretion upon the occurrence of certain events. 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. 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 the risks generally associated with investments in foreign developed countries. In addition to the risks associated with common stocks, investments in convertible securities are subject to the risks associated with fixed-income securities, namely credit, price and interest-rate risks. As the portfolio can concentrate on a single country/region, it is more susceptible to such risks affecting the issuers within the concentrated country/region than a portfolio that does not concentrate its investments to such issuers.

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There is no guarantee that any investment strategy will work under all market conditions, and each investor should evaluate their ability to invest for the long-term, especially during periods of downturn in the market. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

A separately managed account may not be appropriate for all investors. Separate accounts managed according to the Strategy include a number of securities and will not necessarily track the performance of any index. Please consider the investment objectives, risks and fees of the Strategy carefully before investing. A minimum asset level is required. For important information about the investment manager, please refer to Form ADV Part 2.

Any views and opinions provided are those of the portfolio management team and are subject to change at any time due to market or economic conditions and may not necessarily come to pass. Furthermore, the views will not be updated or otherwise revised to reflect information that subsequently becomes available or circumstances existing, or changes occurring. The views expressed do not reflect the opinions of all portfolio managers at Morgan Stanley Investment Management (MSIM) or the views of the firm as a whole, and may not be reflected in all the strategies and products that the Firm offers.

This material is a general communication, which is not impartial and all information provided has been prepared solely for informational and educational purposes and does not constitute an offer or a recommendation to buy or sell any particular security or to adopt any specific investment strategy. The information herein has not been based on a consideration of any individual investor circumstances and is not investment advice, nor should it be construed in any way as tax, accounting, legal or regulatory advice. To that end, investors should seek independent legal and financial advice, including advice as to tax consequences, before making any investment decision.


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The ICE BofAML USD Investment Grade Contingent Capital Index tracks USD denominated, investment grade contingent capital debt. 

The information presented represents how the portfolio management team generally implements its investment process under normal market conditions.

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