European Credit Strategy
European Credit Strategy

European Credit Strategy

 
 
 
Summary

The European Credit 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 primarily euro-denominated debt issued by corporations and nongovernment related issuers. To help achieve this objective, the strategy combines a top-down macroeconomic assessment, to determine optimal beta positioning for the portfolio, with rigorous bottom-up fundamental analysis.

+/-10%
Benchmark Security Weight
<3%
Single Issuer
100-120
Typical Number of Holdings
 
 
Investment Approach
Philosophy

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.

 
Differentiators
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 expertise of the Global Fixed Income Team at Morgan Stanley Investment Management. Approximately 80% of the team’s research is generated in-house, and this is supplemented by Morgan Stanley sell-side and 3rd party research.

 
 
 
Investment Process
1
Macro analysis:

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

2
Screening:

The team applies what they believe to be a unique combination of quantitative and qualitative filters to identify approximately 250 to 300 bond issuers that meet its investment criteria in terms of competitive position, franchise value and management quality. 

3
Credit Analysis:

The team conducts rigorous focuses on financial risk, business risk and management ability/intentions.

4
Valuation Analysis:

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

5
Portfolio Construction:

A portfolio of 100 to 120 issuers is constructed, with sector allocation driven primarily from bottom-up security selection (subject to the risk management guidelines).

 
 
Portfolio Managers
Managing Director
25 years industry experience
Managing Director
20 years industry experience
 
 
 
 

RISK CONSIDERATIONS  

Diversification does not protect you against a loss in a particular market; however it allows you to spread that risk across various asset classes.

There is no assurance that a mutual fund will achieve its investment objective. Funds are subject to market risk, which is the possibility that the market values of securities owned by the fund will decline and that the value of fund shares may therefore be less than what you paid for them. Accordingly, you can lose money investing in this fund. Please be aware that this fund may be subject to certain additional risks. 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 the current rising interest-rate environment, bond prices may fall and may result in periods of volatility and increased portfolio redemptions. Longer-term securities may be more sensitive to interest rate changes. In a declining interest-rate environment, the portfolio may generate less income. Investments in foreign marketsentail 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 securitiesare subject to the risks associated with fixed-income securities, namely credit, price and interest-rate risks. Currency fluctuations could erase investment gains or add to investment losses. When investing in value securities, the market may not have the same value assessment as the manager, and, therefore, the performance of the securities may decline.

 

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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 suitable 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.

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The Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Corporate Index is the corporate component of the Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Index, which provides a broad-based measure of the global investment-grade fixed income markets.

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

The weights, tracking error typical yield duration, and the number of issuers represent represent typical ranges and are not a maximum number. The portfolio may exceed these from time to time due to market conditions and outstanding trades. 

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