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 collaborates to deliver specific client solutions across individual or multiple asset classes.
Global Senior Secured Loans
AUM: $33.1 billion (30 September 2019)
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: $11.7 billion (30 September 2019)
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: $5.6 billion (30 September 2019)
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: $498 million* (30 September 2019)
*Committed Capital in excess of $400 million (June 30, 2015)
Our approach to special situations credit investing is flexible and returns-driven, and seeks compelling return opportunities across the developed corporate high yield markets.
Sentiment Shift Fuels Lower-Rated Rally
Uncovering relative value across high yield in 2020 may require looking in less obvious places.View
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.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
Distressed Debt: How This Cycle May Be Different
Barings’ Stuart Mathieson and Bryan High discuss the outlook and competitive landscape for distressed debt and consider the implications of the significant growth in private credit and European high yield since the last cycle.View
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.View
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.View
Fixed Income: Looking Beyond the Index for Late-Cycle Value
Head of Global Markets, Mike Freno, sheds light on how the Barings’ teams are finding value outside of traditional indexes across high yield, investment grade credit and emerging markets debt.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
Where the Dry Powder Goes Next
Stuart Mathieson and Bryan High, portfolio managers for the Global Special Situations strategy, discuss the outlook for distressed debt investing—and explain how they’re finding opportunities throughout the cycle.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
An Underappreciated Subset of High Yield
For investors willing to surrender a nominal amount of yield in favor of greater protection given a default, global senior secured bonds can be an attractive option in a recessionary environment.View
High Yield: Five Takeaways for the Months Ahead
From trade wars and Brexit to central bank posturing and recessions, there is no shortage of risks facing today’s markets. As we consider high yield in the context of this turbulent environment, there are five takeaways we think are worth considering in the months ahead.View
Climbing High Yield’s Wall of Worry
In this Q&A, Barings’ Head of Global High Yield, Martin Horne, weighs in on some of the major risks facing the high yield markets today and discusses where his team is seeing opportunities.View
Navigating Risks in Today’s High Yield Markets
In this Q&A, Barings’ Head of Global High Yield, Martin Horne, discusses how the Barings team is navigating some of the major risks—from a trade war and Brexit negotiations to rising rates and a maturing credit cycle—present in the markets today.View
Climbing High Yield’s Wall of Worry
The global high yield markets face a number of risks. Yet, these markets have continued to scale such a ‘wall of worry’ for the last decade. Should we expect more of the same, or are we nearing a turning point in the cycle? Barings’ Martin Horne weighs in.View
A Global Approach to High Yield Investing
In the Conversations piece, Barings’ Sean Feeley and Chris Sawyer discuss the potential benefits of a global approach to high yield.View
Multi Credit Investing: Embracing the High Yield of Today
Over the past decade, the growth and expansion of the global high yield markets have transformed the way investors view the asset class. In this article, we discuss the potential benefits of considering a multi credit, “through-the-cycle” approach, which can give investors’ high yield allocation more flexibility, potentially improving their ability to capitalize on opportunities across the global high yield markets as they materialize throughout the credit cycle.View
Multi Credit Investing: A Through-The-Cycle Approach to High Yield
Read about how a multi credit approach to high yield can benefit investors in this Q&A with Barings’ heads of U.S. and European high yield investments.View
VIDEO: High Yield Multi Credit InvestingView
Investing Strategically in High Yield
Barings’ Martin Horne and David Mihalick discuss the benefits of taking a long-term, multi-credit approach to investing in global high yield bond and loan markets.View
VIDEO: How is this cycle different?
Head of European High Yield, Martin Horne weighs in on how this credit cycle has differed from those in the past and what that means for investors.View
VIDEO: European High Yield Opportunities
European High Yield Bond Portfolio Manager, Craig Abouchar discusses why the Barings team see value in the single-B market.View