Investing globally to uncover the best opportunities.
Our global high yield investment capabilities include high yield bonds, senior secured loans, structured credit and special situations. Our team of specialists collaborate to deliver specific client solutions across individual or multiple asset classes.
Global Senior Secured Loans
AUM: $35.2 billion (30 September 2021)
Our team of dedicated high yield professionals seeks to identify attractive investment opportunities and actively manages portfolios designed to deliver the best relative value opportunities on a global scale.
Global High Yield Bonds
AUM: $13.8 billion (30 September 2021)
Our high yield bond strategies draw upon our extensive investment platform and experience to provide access to the U.S. and European high yield markets.
AUM: $6.2 billion (30 September 2021)
Our global high yield multi-asset strategy can simplify an investor’s approach to high yield allocations as well as offering a more attractive risk-return profile than a single-asset class strategy.
Special Situations Credit
AUM: $861 million (30 September 2021)
Our approach to special situations credit investing is flexible and returns-driven, and seeks compelling return opportunities across the developed corporate high yield markets.
Public & Private Credit Market Roundtable
In this roundtable discussion, our credit market experts across public and private markets offer their views on everything from inflation and the direction of interest rates, to where they’re seeing pockets of value.View
2022 Public & Private Credit Market Outlook
Barings' credit market experts weigh in on the future prospects for asset classes ranging from high yield and emerging markets debt to CLOs and private credit. From interest rates and inflation, to supply chains and COVID, the group discusses the risks and opportunities ahead.View
High Yield: Still Strong, Despite Market Jitters
Bouts of short-term volatility are almost a given going forward—but in our view, much of the recent market concern overlooks how strong the average high yield company is today.View
The Potential Benefits of Global Senior Secured Bonds
From capital structure seniority and high historical recovery rates, to lower interest rate sensitivity, global senior secured bonds offer a number of potential benefits.View
High Yield: Why Fundamentals May Be Stronger Than You Think
Barings’ David Mihalick and Chris Sawyer assess the health of the global high yield bond and loan markets against a backdrop of COVID uncertainty, potentially higher rates and an ever-increasing focus on ESG.View
The Wind Remains at High Yield's Back (For Now)
Accelerating economic growth and improving corporate financial conditions, coupled with a manageable default picture, continue to bolster high yield. But with ongoing uncertainty around inflation and rates, loans in particular may be worth consideration.View
ESG in High Yield: Three Challenges Facing Managers Today
High yield portfolio manager, Gareth Hall, provides insight into three ESG challenges facing high yield managers today—from influencing company behavior as debt holders, to measuring carbon emissions and advocating for their reduction, to solving for data limitations.View
Is High Yield in a Sweet Spot?
High yield continues to benefit from supportive tailwinds—from an improving default picture to lower sensitivity to rising rates—and may be poised for strong performance as the recovery takes hold.View
ESG: Three Challenges High Yield Managers are Tackling Today
From influencing company behavior to seeking better data disclosure, high yield managers are pushing the envelope when it comes to ESG.View
Why the Distressed Debt Opportunity Looks Different This Cycle
A surge in defaults and distressed opportunities seemed likely when COVID struck—but stimulus measures and creative financing solutions have reshaped both the opportunity set and the timing.View
High Yield: Strong Tailwinds, But It May be a Bumpy Ride
High yield has a number of supportive tailwinds at its back—from a more manageable default picture and less exposure to potentially rising rates to investors’ continued demand for yield. But uncertainties remain, suggesting a potentially bumpy path to recovery.View
Distressed Debt: The Opportunities Surfacing in COVID's Wake
Barings’ Stuart Mathieson and Bryan High provide insight into today’s distressed debt market, including their expectations for defaults, an overview of the competitive landscape, and where the next opportunities may emerge across the U.S. and Europe.View
Three Reasons Loans May Be Poised for Strong Performance
It’s not as simple as ‘when rates rise buy loans; when rates fall buy bonds.’ Indeed, a combination of several factors has set the stage for loans to potentially deliver attractive total returns going forward.View
The Evolving Opportunity in Distressed Debt
As the pandemic recedes, some companies may have a harder time managing higher debt levels than others—and as weaker issuers undergo restructurings or other stressed situations, there may be opportunities for investors to deploy more capital into distressed debt strategies.View
CLOs: Triple C's and Market Unease
Taryn Leonard and Melissa Ricco, Co-Heads of Barings’ Structured Credit Investment Team, discuss the recent loan market weakness, and how technical pressures are creating value opportunities in the CLO market.View
High Yield: A Time to be Nimble
In this Q&A, Martin Horne, Head of Global Public Fixed Income, discusses the state of high yield markets amid a late-cycle environment, and why it’s critical to be nimble and selective in order to capture points of relative value.View
High Yield: Poised to Capture Relative Value
Despite mounting uncertainty in the broader markets, high yield delivered broadly positive returns in Q3. As we continue to move through the late stages of a prolonged cycle, credit selection will be critical.View
High Yield: Rates, Recessions and Relative Value
While there is no shortage of risks to consider in today’s high yield markets—from ESG to the end of the credit cycle—Barings’ Martin Horne describes how taking a contrarian approach can help investors uncover pockets of value.View
Are High Yield Investors Being Compensated for Risks?
In the context of today’s fundamental backdrop and default outlook, spread levels suggest investors are being fairly compensated, relative to other points in the cycle, for the amount of risk they are taking.View
Distressed Debt: Seeking Opportunity in Choppy Waters
Stuart Mathieson, Head of Barings’ Global Special Situations group, and Bryan High, Co-Portfolio Manager of the strategy, discuss how the macro environment is impacting their outlook, and where they're seeing distressed debt opportunities today.View
U.S. Loans: Challenged Market or Veiled Opportunity?
With loan and bond yields currently comparable, we believe—in a somewhat contrarian view to the market—there is a good argument for investing in loans, particularly in the U.S., where the economy appears to be marginally stronger than in Europe.View
Four Reasons Security Matters Right Now
Amid the late stages of an elongated credit cycle, Martin Horne, Barings’ Head of Global High Yield, discusses four reasons why global senior secured bonds—a lesser known and perhaps underappreciated subset of high yield—could be an attractive option in the event of defaults.View
High Yield: Identifying Value Amid Shifting Sentiment
Despite the sharp turns in high yield markets over the past two quarters, companies ticked along without flinching—posting strong earnings over the course. David Mihalick, Barings’ Head of U.S. High Yield Investments, explains why.View
High Yield Bonds & Loans: Where to Next?
High yield markets roared back in the first quarter. Can market fundamentals and technicals support continued strength? And how should investors factor in risks ranging from possible recession, to ratings downgrades, to liquidity concerns? Barings’ David Mihalick weighs in.View
High Yield: A Swift Rebound
High yield bonds and loans posted a strong Q1 following the technically induced Q4 sell-off. With defaults still near historical lows, current spreads provide attractive risk-adjusted return potential.View
The Potential Benefits of Global Senior Secured Loans
In the current environment, senior secured loans are gaining traction for their potential to offer a blend of attractive yield and protection against both credit and interest rate risk.View