There is “no place to hide” in fixed income in the event of a liquidity crisis, according to US-based investment manager Payden & Rygel.
The US bond specialist said it had opted to go into government bonds this year in light of the market downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic but that was not a solution for the fund in the long term. The yield on US 10-year Treasuries was currently 0.93%.
Portfolio manager Eric Sounders said in a webcast: “There is no place to hide in fixed income when weird things are happening with liquidity. The only thing that did well was long-dated government bonds but this is not a prudent strategy in the long term.
“The people who are going into government bonds need to realise that this is not good in the long term.”
The GSFM Payden Global Income Opportunities fund had 65% invested in investment grade and 8% in high yield as Sounders said he was cautious about parts of the high yield market that had been affected by COVID-19. Around 30% of the portfolio was invested in BBB-rated assets while 20% was in AAA ones.
In its latest factsheet, it said: “The strategy maintains a preference toward securitised product versus corporate credit in COVID resilient industries and remains cautiously optimistic in areas like high-yield corporates, bank loans, and commercial real estate, as...