Australian Bond Exchange

The Gift That Keeps on Giving….and Giving and Giving

Christmas is a time of joy and giving, and with interest rates currently sitting at higher than we have seen over the past several years, corporate fixed-income securities are undeniably proving to be festive investments. While it’s not possible to physically wrap a corporate bond and stick it under your Christmas tree, with highly attractive […]

Will 2024 Be The Year of Fixed Income?

With higher interest rates likely to extend well into 2024 and beyond, now is the perfect time to consider fixed-income allocations within client portfolios, especially as the prospect of a recession lurks.  Anaemic Growth   Apart from the U.S., most economies appear to be struggling with higher interest rates and elevated (albeit cooling) inflation. This is […]

2023 Reflections – A Year in review

As we approach the end of 2023, now is an opportune time to reflect on the year that was, and plan for the year ahead. With inflation continuing to cool across most major economies, the key question for 2024 and beyond is – how long will rates remain elevated? U.S. Resilience The year 2023 has […]

Playing Defensive With Corporate Fixed Income Securities

Corporate bonds and other fixed income securities have long been favoured by investors seeking a balance of portfolio stability and investment returns. Since the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) however, ultra-low interest rates had largely removed the attractiveness of the asset class – but today, we find ourselves in a very different environment, characterised by higher […]

Corporate Bonds Vs Corporate Bond Funds – What’s the Difference?

Investing in corporate fixed-income securities like bonds and market-linked notes can be a popular strategy for investors looking to boost their income. However, with such a large universe of investment options available, it can be challenging for investors to decide which securities to include in their portfolio.   As a result, some investors simply opt for […]

Reasons to Invest in Corporate Fixed-Income Securities – Right Now

In today’s highly uncertain and volatile climate, corporate fixed-income securities, including bonds, provide investors with the ability to diversity their portfolio from equities, while also securing a regular and stable income stream. In this article, we outline 3 key reasons why investing in corporate fixed-income today could be beneficial for your portfolio right now. Reliable […]

Hiding in Cash – When Defensive Becomes Expensive

With persistent uncertainty in global markets, it’s unsurprising to see increased demand for cash and cash equivalents, especially given short-term money markets are currently yielding circa 5.45% pa. However, while cash undoubtedly has an important and irreplaceable role to play as part of the investment mix, it shouldn’t be perceived or used as a substitute […]

Why Fixed-Income Securities Play an Important Role Within Investment Portfolios

Understanding the important role which fixed-income securities play within investment portfolios is crucial for investors of all persuasions, regardless of whether income generation or capital growth is the primary objective. The 60/40 Portfolio The 60/40 portfolio has formed the bedrock of the modern investment portfolio for decades, and for good reason. Within such a portfolio, […]

Corporate Fixed Income Securities – What Are the Benefits?

The corporate debt market is one of the largest financial markets in the world, providing the means for large corporations to raise money directly from investors to fund their operations.   While smaller organisations are usually limited to bank and/or non-bank lenders to acquire funding, larger organisations can bypass such intermediaries and raise funds directly from […]

Why Bond Yields Could Stay Higher For Longer

Despite rapid surges in interest rates to combat inflation, many economies are still running hot with very low unemployment and positive GDP growth. Despite 11 interest rate hikes, the U.S. economy continues to be the strongest performer out of the G7, as measured by GDP growth since pre-pandemic levels.  Growth increased by 2.4% in the […]