Diversified solutions based on a proven investment process.
Our established “through-the-cycle” track record of strong, risk-adjusted returns is built upon our team-based investment approach, our ability to generate investment ideas and a risk management process that uses qualitative and quantitative factors to construct and manage portfolios from a risk and volatility perspective.
Global Investment Grade Strategies
AUM: $161 million (31 December 2020)
Our flexible, multi-credit strategy utilizes our investment expertise and a unique, time-tested approach to managing interest rate risk in order to identify value across global investment grade sectors.
Active Short Duration
AUM: $2 billion* (31 December 2020)
Our short duration strategy invests in a broad range of fixed income asset classes including treasuries, Agency MBS, credit and securitized products. The target portfolio duration is quantitatively determined using the shape of the Treasury Yield Curve.
Core Fixed Income
AUM: $13.8 billion* (31 December 2020)
Our multi-sector approach utilizes a top-down, macroeconomic view coupled with bottom-up, credit analysis and security selection. Measured opportunistic allocations to high yield, convertible bonds, structured credit and emerging market debt provide additional sources of potential alpha.
Core Plus Fixed Income
AUM: $8.2 billion* (31 December 2020)
Our multi-sector approach utilizes a top-down, macroeconomic view coupled with bottom-up, credit analysis and security selection. Opportunistic allocations to high yield, convertible bonds, structured credit and emerging market debt provide additional sources of potential alpha.
AUM: $3.4 billion (31 December 2020)
Our short duration strategy invests in a broad range of fixed income asset classes including treasuries, Agency MBS, credit and securitized products. Measured opportunistic allocations to high yield, convertible bonds, structured credit and emerging market debt provide additional sources of potential alpha. This strategy can be run against traditional and non-traditional one to three year and one to five year benchmarks.
AUM: $543 million (31 December 2020)
Our long duration strategy utilizes a top-down, macroeconomic view coupled with bottom-up, rigorous fundamental credit analysis and security selection while remaining duration neutral to a pre-determined benchmark.
AUM: $17.2 billion (31 December 2020)
A corporate credit strategy that seeks to efficiently identify undervalued securities within a client driven opportunity set through robust credit underwriting and risk management.
Inflation Protected Bonds (TIPS)
AUM: $1 billion (31 December 2020)
A unique strategy that seeks to generate alpha through two different levers: inflation relative value opportunities and an out-of-index yield enhancing income strategy.
AUM: $22.3 billion (31 December 2020)
We offer expertise and investment solutions that span a variety of strategies, investment vehicles and wrap providers.
*As a result of an acquisition that took place on January 4, 2021, the AUM shown as of 12/31/20 reflects an additional $11.6B (Core $4.3B, Core Plus $6.7B, Short Duration $598 M) that Barings does not currently have under management. The amended AUM will be reflected in the Q1 2021 AUM number.
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