An increasingly complex fixed income environment
Although the health situation is improving, thanks to a marked acceleration in vaccination campaigns (particularly in developed countries), the positive outlook for a return to normality heralds the resurgence of fears linked to rising interest rates and inflationary expectations. These concerns have already been confirmed since the beginning of the year, mainly in the United States and Europe.
A complex situation characterized by negative performance for a large majority of bond assets since the beginning of the year.
Low returns that could be further impacted by a rise in interest rates, particularly in the case of traditional or passive management.
So how can we manage - and exploit - these risks of rising interest rates and inflationary expectations in fixed income markets?
It requires a fundamentally active fixed income solution, with all the necessary tools to confront these risks and transform them into a source of performance.
Active risk management in all market environments
Carmignac Portfolio Flexible Bond is a fixed income asset allocation strategy designed to seize global opportunities in these markets, while systematically hedging currency risk. With its broad investment universe and flexible management of modified duration, the Fund is able to take advantage of both downward and upward movements in interest rates or inflation, while actively managing risk.
Active modified duration management within the Fund since the beginning of 2020
Thanks to its wide modified duration range between -3 and +8, the Fund can implement short strategies on all yield curves for all maturities. Carmignac Portfolio Flexible Bond can even go beyond reducing or neutralising interest rate risk by using derivatives to achieve negative modified duration, either on a specific yield curve or at the Fund’s level.
Evolution of the Fund’s exposure to inflation strategies since the beginning of 2020
The Fund has access to all segments of the fixed income universe, allowing it to implement inflation strategies by investing in inflation-indexed bonds or "break-even” inflation bonds, both in Europe and internationally. It is thus able to manage its exposure dynamically depending on the level of inflationary expectations in order to exploit them.
Source: Carmignac, 30/04/2021.
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Carmignac Portfolio Flexible Bond combines a top-down approach with a bottom-up implementation of interest rate and credit strategies: the portfolio is constructed on the basis of the managers' convictions in each segment of the fixed income universe and an in-depth analysis of the markets. They benefit from the expertise of the entire management team and of our credit, emerging debt and financial debt specialists.
In practice: managing periods of rising interest rates and inflation
In the current environment, the interest rate and inflation strategies implemented in the Carmignac Portfolio Flexible Bond portfolio reflect our specific views on certain economies for which we are expecting monetary policy normalisation or strong inflationary pressures. We also adjust the calibration of these strategies tactically, depending on the level of valuations.
Carmignac Portfolio Flexible Bond
A flexible approach to navigate global fixed income markets
- A fixed income asset allocation solution hedged against currency risk
- An active, conviction-based approach to capture bond market opportunities globally
- A flexible, non-benchmarked philosophy to navigate different market environments
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*For A EUR ACC share class. Risk Scale from the KIID (Key Investor Information Document). Risk 1 does not mean a risk-free investment. This indicator may change over time.