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As concerns of a near-term recession seem to have dissipated, we think—in what may be somewhat of a contrarian call—riskier assets look well-positioned to potentially outperform in the year ahead.Read
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2020: The Road Ahead
From fixed income to equities, Barings' teams share their predictions for 2020 and views on where the biggest risks and most compelling opportunities may lie.Outlook - 15 min read
Comeback Time for International Equities?
Because the U.S. equity market is broad and deep, there will almost always be opportunities—but in aggregate, we think international equity markets may be more compelling over the next year.Short View - 3 min read
2020: An Inflection Point for EM Currencies?
With the financial crisis more than a decade behind us, the global financial system seems poised to begin re-leveraging. This process, which would likely take years to play out, would provide a source of funding for EM currencies, and represent a significant tailwind.Short View - 2 min read
Europe's Time to Shine?
If Brexit headwinds begin to clear, and the German economy sees improvement, it would support the European economy as a whole. At the same time, any weakness in the U.S. dollar could further propel international markets, potentially reversing a decade of underperformance.Short View - 2 min read
Fear of Fallen Angels May Be Overblown
Many headlines over the last year have called attention to the growth of the lower-rated BBB portion of the investment grade market—and predicted a wave of fallen angels to high yield. But in the last year, we have seen more HY companies upgraded to IG than the other way around.Short View - 3 min read
Seeking Big Opportunities in Small Companies
As Europe finds itself in a climate of lackluster growth and political volatility, with an equity market that has been on an unprecedented 10-year bull run, investors are searching for pockets of value. A long-term allocation to small-cap equities is one potential solution.Short View - 4 min read
EM Debt: Warding Off Headwinds with Active Management
In this Q&A, Barings’ Head of Global Sovereign Debt and Currencies, Ricardo Adroguè, addresses the risks facing the global economy—particularly in regions like China, the Middle East and Argentina—and explains why active management is critical to performance.Conversations - 6 min read
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.Outlook - 3 min read
Emerging Markets Debt: Taking a Hard (Currency) Stance
EMD performance was muted in Q3, but valuations remain attractive and emerging economies are growing at a measured pace. We continue to favor hard currency assets, which are benefitting from lower rate expectations.Outlook - 3 min read
European Smaller Companies: An Evergreen Growth Opportunity
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, bottom-up approach, is key to identifying high-quality companies.Conversations - 7 min read
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
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
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
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