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In this Q&A, Nick Williams, Barings’ Head of Small Cap Equities, discusses the opportunities his team is seeing in the current environment, and explains why an active approach, combined with rigorous, bottom-up stock selection, is key to identifying high-quality companies.Read
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Fixed Income: Upending the Conventional Approach
Michael Freno, Head of Global Markets, shares his view on where value can still be found in fixed income, despite the uncertain current environment—and why investors may need to look beyond traditional indexes in high yield, investment grade and emerging markets debt.Conversations - 7 min read
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.Article - 3 min read
High Yield: Strong Performance, But Uncertainty Remains
On the heels of strong Q2 performance, global high yield bonds and loans continue to provide attractive risk-adjusted return opportunities for investors—particularly those with the flexibility to look beyond the traditional indexes.Outlook - 2 min read
EM Debt: Cautious Optimism
EMD asset classes—particularly local currencies—came out of the gate strong in the second quarter, driven by central bank stimuli and favorable monetary policy expectations.Outlook - 3 min read
Global Emerging Markets Equities: Where Do We Stand?
In this Q&A, William Palmer and Michael Levy, Co-Heads for Emerging and Frontier Equities, discuss their approach to accessing the asset class, current trends, and why recent headwinds may be becoming tailwinds.Conversations - 5 min read
Forecasting The Next Decade: An Analysis Of Asset Returns
Barings Multi Asset Group combines the underlying factors that will drive markets over the long term with today’s valuations to produce total return forecasts for major asset classes over the next ten years.Insights - 21 min read
The Last Brexit Article You Ever Need to Read
Whatever technical economic relationship Britain chooses to strike with the European Union, it has already effectively left and the continent is moving on without it.Leading Thoughts - 3 min read
An Active Approach to International Smaller Companies
Barings’ Nick Williams discusses the characteristics of the International Smaller Companies asset class, and explains why an active approach to investing in the sector best positions investors to generate attractive returns.Insights - 9 min read
EM Debt: Investing with Cautious Optimism
Sovereign debt outperformed in Q1 as geopolitical headlines continued to garner attention and commodities rallied. Risks remain for the asset class but some notable headwinds have now become tailwinds.Outlook - 2 min read
High Yield: A Swift Rebound
High yield bonds and loans posted a strong Q1 following the technically induced Q4 sell-off in 2018. With defaults still near historical lows, current spreads provide attractive risk-adjusted return potential.Outlook - 2 min read
Coming Apart at the Seams?
If investors welcome rules and predictability, there has actually been some good news from the United States amid the recent flurry of headlines. But before you get too excited, the rest of the world political order still seems to be coming apart at the seams.Leading Thoughts - 3 min read
The first quarter is ending, spring has sprung and the 2019 market has delivered handsome equity returns, low volatility and still no whiff of inflation. At the same time, the Fed has just pivoted dramatically in the face of slowing growth, and weak economic reports are popping up everywhere.Leading Thoughts - 3 min read
The Trade War’s Next Front?
Investors have been crossing their fingers that discussions of a pending China trade deal will remove the threat of new tariffs on commerce in the Pacific. But their relief may be short-lived if President Trump turns his sights across the Atlantic.Leading Thoughts - 3 min read
How to Approach a More Accessible Chinese Equity Market
Barings’ William Fong and Andrew Lee explore the different ways to access China’s onshore and offshore equity markets following the decision by MSCI to increase the weighting of China A-shares in their benchmarks.Insights - 8 min read
2020 Election: How Will Challengers Face the Party of Trump?
Though the 2020 presidential election is far away, the race has already begun. In this Q&A, Barings’ Christopher Smart weighs in on the current political climate, the challenges faced by both parties, and how President Trump may have flipped the traditional script.Conversations - 7 min read
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.Insights - 10 min read