Global Perspectives

  • Fed Fuels Record High-Yield Bond Market Issuance and Investor Inflows

    Amid a massive return since the March low, the default rate has nearly tripled from year-ago levels as recovery rates deteriorate. “Kicking the can down the road” as vulnerability grows.

  • A Macroeconomic Snapshot from an Active Management Shop

    Thornburg’s investment team keeps an eye on the macro but focuses squarely on the fundamentals and portfolio fit of each stock and bond selected. This July 17 macro overview is a sample of an internal weekly note to our distribution team that features big-picture highlights from the week that was.

  • The Fed’s “Not Thinking” Singular Focus

    Supporting the beaten-down labor market is the Federal Reserve’s “major focus,” not inflation nor risk asset prices. Doing “whatever we can and for as long as it takes.”

Investing is inherently complex. U.S. Treasury yields far below longer-term averages and compressed credit market spreads make fixed income challenging. Equity can generate attractive returns, and considerable volatility. Market Insights is Thornburg’s window into how we think about risk, reward and the myriad factors that drive risk-adjusted returns.

Market Selloff Goes Viral, Injecting More Value into Prices

Coronavirus-induced market volatility is another in a long string of blows to the global economic recovery. But investors should look through the disruptions for free-cash-flow companies with healthy balance sheets and resilient, if not robust earnings.

Parsing Long/Short Equity Liquid Alts Performance, Fees and Net Exposures

Investors interested in long/short equity mutual funds would be well advised to consider more than their much-more competitive fees vs. private hedge fund peers. To genuinely hedge the long components of a portfolio, look for lower net long exposures in a long/short equity allocation, and added value on the short side even in rising equity markets.

Guess What Delivered in Spades in Thornburg’s Internal 2017 Global 3 Stock/Security Competition?

At the beginning of every year, a number of investment professionals at Thornburg voluntarily place their informal, internal-only bets on which three securities—from stocks to currencies or other financial assets—might together produce the best beta-adjusted returns in the year ahead. In 2017, the winner was Sean Sun, whose three picks included bitcoin. The cryptocurrency skyrocketed last year, of course, helping Sean win the prizeless competition by a wide margin.

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