PGIM Fixed Income Podcast Series, All The Credit: Episode 14
In this episode, Mike Collins, CFA, Senior Portfolio Manager welcomes three colleagues to discuss asset allocation in today’s markets.
Each quarter, PGIM Fixed Income publishes an outlook describing their views on the economy, as well as their expectations for sectors within fixed income markets. Here’s where they see value (and where they don’t) in the coming quarter.
|Developed Market Rates||Constructive||Some expectations for growth and inflation may be overly optimistic, prompting curve flattening in the U.S. and Australia. European and Japanese rates appear set to remain rangebound near recent levels amid more tepid recovery expectations and significant QE purchases.|
|Agency MBS||Opportunistic||Continued preference for spread sectors over MBS. However, the hedge-adjusted carry opportunities in production coupons relative to intermediate U.S. Treasuries remain relatively attractive, but not as much as in late 2020. Still appropriate to own back-month TBAs vs. intermediate Treasuries and to stay focused on specified pools away from Fed purchases.|
|Securitized Credit||Positive||Positive on high-quality spreads as near-zero policy rates and ongoing Fed purchases support a spread tightening environment. Wary of mezzanine risk for collateralized loan obligations and conduit commercial-backed mortgage securities, but find value in subordinates of select single-asset single borrower CMBS, asset-backed securities, and select non-agency credit risk transfer issues in the residential mortgage-backed securities market.|
|IG Corporate Debt||Positive||Positive in light of central bank support and the prospects for an economic recovery. Favor U.S. money center banks as well as select BBB-rated issues, cyclical credits, and fallen angels.|
|Global Leveraged Finance||Constructive||Constructive over the medium and long term. Spreads remain attractive and will drive strong returns for investors with longer term time horizons. Over the near term, the market will likely remain volatile. We believe actively managed credit selection will be a differentiating factor between managers.|
|Emerging Market Debt||Optimistic||Prospects for EMD performance are encouraging given the supportive backdrop, attractive valuations, and the global search for yield. Favor hard currency spreads, followed by FX amid a weak dollar theme, and select local bond markets that are poised to benefit from curve flattening. Significant headwinds in early 2021 may be avoided.|
|Municipal Bonds||Constructive||Constructive in the near-term based on supportive technicals.|
Fixed income investments are subject to interest rate risk, and their value will decline as interest rates rise. Commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) are a type of mortgage-backed security backed by commercial mortgages rather than residential mortgages. They are composed of a variety of loans, each of which represents different property sizes and locations. These loans are pooled and are broken into tranches of risk that are sold to investors. High yield bonds, known as junk bonds, are subject to a high level of credit and market risk. International bonds are bonds issued by foreign corporations or foreign government agencies. Emerging market bonds are local currency bonds issued by emerging market governments. Emerging market countries may have unstable governments and/or economies that are subject to sudden changes. These changes may be magnified by the countries’ emergent financial markets, resulting in significant volatility to investments in these countries. Investment-grade corporate bonds are bonds with a credit rating of AAA to BBB as rated by Standard & Poor’s, or Aaa to Baa as rated by Moody’s. Mortgages refer to mortgage-backed securities (MBS), which are composed of a variety of residential mortgage loans, each of which represents different property sizes and locations. These loans are pooled and are broken into tranches of risk that are sold to investors. Collateralized loan obligations (CLOs) are securities backed by a pool of debt, often low-rated corporate loans. Municipal bonds are tax-exempt bonds with a maturity of at least one year, including state and local general obligation, revenue, insured, and pre-refunded bonds. Unlike other investment vehicles, U.S. government securities and U.S. Treasury bills are backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. government, are less volatile than equity investments, and provide a guaranteed return of principal at maturity. Asset allocation and diversification do not assure a profit or protect against loss in declining markets. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.
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