In the wake of the Global Financial Crisis, interest rates dropped to historic lows as central banks rolled out quantitative easing programs. This created an investment landscape where investors could benefit from a ‘one way trade’ in fixed income, and rely on income from passive investments with little risk of capital loss. We’re now seeing a shift in this landscape, and Chris Rands of Nikko Asset Management discusses why the ‘free ride’ may be over for investors.

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The 5 biggest myths in fixed income investing

Darren Langer of Nikko Asset Management debunks the top 5 myths in fixed income:

  • It’s better to follow a passive index
  • If some credit is good in a portfolio, adding more is better
  • Floating rate funds are better than fixed rate funds
  • Rising rates are always bad for fixed income investors
  • After fees, active fixed income managers offer no excess return


This paper dispels the myths around using active fixed income managers and builds the case for why active managers make a difference.

"Busting the myths on active fixed income managers"

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