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The Bright Spot in Europe’s Future

Christopher Smart, Head of Macroeconomic & Geopolitical Research, identifies a few reasons why Europe’s economic future is not as bleak as it may seem.

Podcast: EM Debt—A Brightening Picture?

Barings’ Ricardo Adroguè and Omotunde Lawal highlight opportunities they’re seeing from Mexico and Brazil to more challenged geographies like Turkey and Argentina—and provide insight into how they’re thinking about political hotspots like Venezuela.

All Eyes On Earnings

Christopher Smart, Head of Macroeconomic & Geopolitical Research, provides details on why earnings may be the best economic indicator for the investors in the coming year.

CLOs & Leveraged Loans: Beneath the Headlines

In a recent interview, Barings’ Head of Structured Credit, Matt Natcharian, and Head of U.S.-Managed CLO Funds, Adrienne Butler, discuss the pressures facing these markets today, and the opportunities they pose amid a late-stage credit cycle.

The Three Crises That Won't Go Away

Christopher Smart, Head of Macroeconomic & Geopolitical Research, weighs in on three political clouds that have lingered much longer than expected, casting a shadow over global investor sentiment.

The Changing Face of Investment Grade Credit

In a recent interview, David Nagle, head of Barings’ multi strategy fixed income group, discussed the state of the investment grade credit market, including how the market has evolved through the years.

Podcast: Investment Grade Credit—Rates, BBBs and ABS

From inverted yield curves to potential BBB downgrade risk, Barings’ David Nagle discusses some of the key challenges facing investors in the IG markets today.

Brazil: A New Frontier?

Following the country’s national election, Barings’ Latin American equity team takes a look at how Brazil is positioned and what reforms the new president may consider to boost the economy.

Possibly A Train, Probably A Light

Christopher Smart, Barings’ Head of Macroeconomic & Geopolitical Research, presents two alternative views on how investors can interpret the recent market volatility.

Barings Quarterly Review & Outlook – January 2019

Read our latest views on the macro and asset class-specific trends driving global markets across fixed income, equities, alternatives and multi asset.

Climbing High Yield’s Wall of Worry

In this piece from IPE, Barings’ Martin Horne discusses some of the major risks facing the high yield markets today and where his team is currently seeing opportunities.

Five Likely Winners & Losers for the Winter Ahead

From Donald Trump to Nancy Pelosi and more, Christopher Smart, Head of Macroeconomic & Geopolitical Research, shares his thoughts on who and what to watch in the months ahead.

Podcast: Assessing Today’s Private Credit Landscape

Private credit markets have seen an exponential increase in investor demand over the last 10 years. But with competition fierce and the cycle maturing, what factors should investors be considering moving forward? Barings’ Eric Lloyd weighs in on where he and his team see the best relative value today.

Seeking Value in Today’s Private Credit Market

In this Q&A, Barings’ Eric Lloyd discusses his team’s approach to navigating the risks and capitalizing on the opportunities across the global private credit markets.

Five Trends to Watch in 2019

Which cyclical and structural trends will drive markets in 2019? Barings’ teams across public and private markets weigh in.

Is the Global Economy Really at a Tipping Point?

Christopher Smart, Head of Macroeconomic & Geopolitical Research, believes it's important to keep today's market risks in proper perspective.

Investing in the European Private Credit Market

In this commentary, which also appears in November’s edition of IPE, Adam Wheeler explains why staying disciplined and maintaining key relationships are crucial to delivering attractive risk-adjusted returns in the European private credit market.

Political Gridlock Hardly Means Market Calm

With the midterms behind us, conventional wisdom is that political gridlock will allow investors to refocus firmly on fundamentals. Not so fast.

5 Things to Consider When Investing in Private Credit

In this piece from Benefits and Pensions Monitor, Barings’ Ian Fowler discusses five key considerations for investors interested in allocating to private credit.

Turkey: Where From Here?

On the back of developments in recent months, Barings’ Emerging Europe equities team takes a look at how Turkey is positioned.

Pockets of Possible Progress: Washington After the Midterms

Christopher Smart, Head of Macroeconomic & Geopolitical Research, believes Washington might just deliver some small surprises next year.

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.

Podcast: Climbing High Yield’s Wall of Worry

The global high yield markets face a number of risks, from trade wars to rising rates. 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.

Navigating European Real Estate Markets

European real estate markets are becoming more complex. Barings’ Paul Stewart discusses how investors can allocate capital in an uncertain interest rate environment, while facing potential headwinds such as Brexit and the threat of trade wars.

Active Management, Local Knowledge, Long-Term Holdings: How to Invest in Emerging Markets Equities

William Palmer and Michael Levy, Co-Heads of Emerging and Frontier Equities, discuss the methods of accessing the asset class, and how the sector can combat near-term headwinds such as rising interest rates and increased protectionism.

Beyond the Headlines: Making Sense of Today's EM Debt Environment

Dr. Ricardo Adrogue, Head of Barings' Emerging Markets Debt Group, discusses risks and opportunities in today's dynamic landscape - and how investors can seek to navigate it.

Why a Versatile German Equity Market is About More Than Autos

In this Q&A, Rob Smith, manager of the Barings German Growth Trust, shares his thoughts on how German equities are placed amid potential headwinds that include trade disputes with the U.S., Brexit, and continued pressure on the autos sector.

A Multi-Dimensional Approach to Managing Private Equity Risk

In the realm of private equity, a robust risk management framework can deliver less volatile, higher-quality performance results over time.

The Five Real Lessons from Lehman

It's been 10 years since the collapse of Lehman Brothers. Christopher Smart, Head of Macroeconomic & Geopolitical Research, reflects on what the crisis taught us about market dynamics - and human nature.

Maintaining Discipline in a Maturing Credit Cycle

In this piece from Private Debt Investor, Barings’ Eric Lloyd stresses the importance of a global and diversified approach to investing in private credit.

How Diversified Is Your Emerging Markets Debt Strategy?

For investors seeking intelligent exposure to emerging markets debt, there may be significant benefits to using a blended approach to the asset class.

Why Recent Weakness in Emerging Markets Equities Presents an Opportunity

Emerging markets equities have undoubtedly suffered a difficult first half of the year. In this commentary, which also appears in September’s edition of IPE, William Palmer and Michael Levy explain why they believe the factors that have contributed to the weak share price performance are temporary in nature, and growth prospects for the asset class remain attractive.

A Compelling Opportunity in Real Assets

Compelling structural and cyclical dynamics are creating attractive opportunities in real assets, particularly across the energy value chain and power generation sector.

Turkey's Narrow Path

In this timely piece, Christopher Smart, Head of Macroeconomic & Geopolitical Research, offers his view of the crisis in Turkey.

Expect More From Your Core

Worried about rising rates? It may be time to rethink your core bond strategy.

Seeking Value in the Private Markets

Barings’ Funds & Co-Investments team serves as a strategic partner to clients, offering customized solutions and access to niche opportunities in areas like real assets, emerging managers and the lower middle market.

Three Reasons U.S. Investors Should Consider Global Loans

Technical drivers in Europe have caused credit spreads to widen. At the same time, the gap between U.S. and European monetary policy continues to grow. In this piece, we outline three key reasons why, in this environment, a global approach may make sense.

Surveying Today’s Infrastructure Debt Landscape

In this Conversation, three key members of Barings’ Infrastructure Debt Team discuss the evolution of the market, where opportunities exist and how investors can gain intelligent exposure to the asset class.

Global Presence, Local Knowledge: Seeking Opportunities Across the Four Quadrants of Real Estate

In this Q&A, Scott Brown, Barings’ Global Head of Real Estate, describes how the firm identifies and manages opportunities by capitalizing on a four-quadrant approach.

An Investor’s Guide to the World’s Real Political Risks

Barings’ Head of Macroeconomic and Geopolitical Research, Christopher Smart, assesses the geopolitical risks present in the world today and describes why a coordinated response to the next global crisis looks unlikely.

A Through-The-Cycle Approach to High Yield Investing

In this piece from Investments & Pensions Europe, Barings’ heads of U.S. and global high yield investments discuss the key benefits of a multi credit approach to high yield, including how the strategy can help keep volatility at bay.

Constructing and Managing a Private Equity Allocation

In this Q&A, Rick Spencer discusses the potential benefits of an alternative investment strategy focused on funds and co-investments. In particular, Rick touches on some of the less understood challenges facing investors in this space and identifies the areas where his team is seeing opportunities today.

Global Senior Secured Loans: Attractive Potential Yield with Historically Low Relative Volatility

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.

VIDEO: Taking a More Creative Approach to Private Equity & Real Assets

Learn about how we've implemented a consistent and repeatable process to identify, source and actively manage real assets and asset-based businesses for more than a decade.

High Yield Credit: Reaching for More

In this piece from Citywire, Barings’ portfolio managers discuss the benefits of taking a modern approach to global high yield investing.

German Equity Outlook

While market volatility has risen at the start of 2018, Barings continues to see attractive investment opportunities in German equities. In this viewpoint, we tell readers why and where we see the greatest investment potential.

Intellectual Property as a Real Asset

In this Viewpoint, we examine the definition of “real assets” and explain how intellectual property exhibits characteristics consistent with other real assets.

Seeking Relative Value in Global Private Debt

In this piece from Preqin, Barings’ Terry Harris discusses why taking a global approach to investing in private debt can be an efficient way for investors to access opportunities while managing risk.

Cyclical Evolution and Structural Revolution

In this piece from Preqin, Barings’ heads of U.S. and European real estate research explore the ways in which structural shifts within cities and industries are presenting an evolving set of opportunities and risks for investors.

Opportunities in Private Equity and Real Assets

Jonathan Rotolo, Head of Private Equity / Real Assets, discusses the potential benefits of an alternative investment strategy focused on real assets and asset-based private equity and what such an approach looks like in practice.

The Benefits of a Blended Emerging Markets Debt Strategy

Dr. Ricardo Adrogue, Head of EM Debt, writes in Citywire about why investors may want to consider a blended approach to navigating the increasingly diverse opportunity set available in emerging markets debt.

U.S. Research Special Report: Decrypting E-Commerce

Technology is surely impacting traditional retailing, mainly in the ways that consumers shop and how retailers deliver those goods. The good news is that e-commerce and physical stores have formed a symbiotic relationship, creating a phy-gital (physical + digital) retail world. Barings Real Estate Advisers research explores e-commerce’s impact on retail real estate.

Mid-Year Review & Outlook

The first half of 2017 brought strong returns across public and private asset markets as investors shrugged off political worries and risk assets were buoyed by a brightening economic picture. Can the strength continue? Or is this cycle getting long in the tooth? Our investment teams weigh in on the key themes driving markets today and share their asset class specific views across fixed income, equities, multi asset, real estate and private assets.

Three Benefits of Active Management in High Yield

In this piece from Citywire, Barings’ portfolio managers Craig Aboucher and Thomas McDonnell discuss the potential benefits of active management in high yield.

VIDEO: Emerging Markets Local Debt – A Favorable Backdrop

Dr. Ricardo Adrogué discusses the process his team uses to find opportunities in EM local debt and why the current macro backdrop is encouraging for investors.

Going Beyond a 60:40 Portfolio

Barings’ Multi Asset Group presents the findings of its annual Ten Year Forecast and explains why investors must look beyond the traditional 60:40 equity portfolio as they seek to maximize returns in the years to come.

VIDEO: Investing in a Maturing Credit Cycle

Our fixed income experts across High Yield, Emerging Markets Debt and Investment Grade Corporate Credit discuss their approach to investing in a maturing credit cycle.

Mexico's Moment

Ricardo Adrogué, Head of Emerging Markets Debt, writes in Pensions & Investments about Mexico’s brightening economic picture.

Credit Market Investing: Stop Watching the Clock. The Fundamentals Matter More.

In this paper, we explain why we believe investors should focus on fundamentals rather than trying to time the credit cycle. Specifically, we highlight opportunities in high yield, investment grade credit and emerging markets debt.

High Yield: Ignore the Clock and Focus on Company Behavior

Head of European High Yield, Martin Horne writes in Investments & Pensions Europe why investors may be wise to focus on company fundamentals rather than the length of the credit cycle.

2017 Investment Outlook

What lies ahead in 2017? In this series of short VIDEOS and commentaries, Barings’ global investment teams provide asset class specific outlooks and weigh in on the key themes that they expect to drive markets in 2017.

High Yield Bonds – An Attractive Option in a Continued Low-Rate Environment

Michael Freno, Head of U.S. and Global High Yield at Barings discusses the prospects for high yield bonds in this piece from Citywire Selector.

Charging ahead

Finding investment opportunities from the great battery take-off

In this white paper, we delve deeper into the supply chain to further identify where we believe economic profit can be generated. In particular, we provide a detailed overview of battery manufacturers, cathode and separator manufacturers, and the various raw materials, including lithium and graphite, used in the production of lithium-ion batteries.

Private Credit: How Changing Investor Needs Demand Flexibility

Ian Fowler, co-head of North American private finance at Barings, discusses the importance of manager flexibility in this piece from Private Debt Investor.

Global Senior Secured Bonds: An Attractive Option in High Yield

Global senior secured bonds are gaining traction among institutional investors looking to generate attractive long-term returns with more capital structure security than is typically offered by other high yield investments.