Why invest?

investment process

Our process ensures true diversification of risk from the most defensive part of your portfolio
Australia’s bond market offers a range of attractive characteristics (developed market, low correlation to other markets, liquid currency and futures) making it a prime location for fixed income investment for both domestic and foreign parties. Investing in Australian fixed income can help diversify a portfolio, earn regular income, all while maintaining a higher yield than bank deposits. Our 'balanced risk approach’ to fixed income ensures portfolios are built in a balanced and diversified manner. Because one particular view does not dominate – we increase the likelihood of accomplishing portfolio objectives. We believe long-term, repeatable investment performance is achievable when quality control methods are applied to each element of an investment process. Without measurable standards, investment results lack sufficient transparency making repeatable results unlikely.

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active approach

Unconstrained by a house view, we separate research from portfolio construction to better manage risks
Moving away from a centralized “house view", we utilize a range of varied and uncorrelated alpha (above benchmark return) sources in our portfolios. Our investment managers implement an independent research, design and portfolio construction process. Decoupling idea generation and the associated research processes from portfolio design and construction allows us to better specify, manage, and improve our research processes, the driver of returns for the portfolios we manage. This active approach to fixed income helps improve the overall risk and return profile of the portfolio via both diversification of thought and underlying asset class exposure.

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portfolio structure

Measurable and managed investment ‘skill’ helps achieve our clients’ objectives
We believe the best way to achieve a client’s objective is to structure the design of the portfolio around clear, realistic skill targets, and measure the progression of skill achieved over time. We aim to objectively measure, manage, and improve our skill over time, determining what was possible and comparing this against what was accomplished. Through alpha/beta separation, we can attach our alpha sources to a variety of benchmarks, this allows us to build tailored products in partnership with our clients to ensure we’re best placed to meet their investment objectives.

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ION System

We have the advantage of a transparent & unique platform housing our investment decisions
Our Investment Opinion Network (ION) has been designed to ensure full transparency of our investment decisions to allow us to have meaningful discussions with investors around portfolio positioning, performance and outlook. While we certainly do not expect to always get it right (and our designs account for this), we do feel it is our obligation to dissect and understand our investment decisions and behavior in order to communicate effectively to clients and become better investors tomorrow than we are today.

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Investment Team

Our investment team, based locally in Australia, are experts in their fields and communicate their ideas through our proprietary technology platform, the Investment Opinion Network (ION). This, as well as support from our global credit research team, has established a transparent, collaborative and research-based investment culture allowing them to capture a wide range of return drivers.

Stephen Cooper
Head of Australian Fixed Income
Stephen Cooper
Head of Australian Fixed Income
Darja Milosevic
Portfolio Manager
Darja Milosevic
Portfolio Manager
Kris Bernie
Portfolio Manager
Kris Bernie
Portfolio Manager
John Barrasso
Portfolio Manager
John Barrasso
Portfolio Manager

Responsible Investment

Responsible Investment

Our corporate RI strategy is based upon three strategic pillars of quality, stewardship and engagement.
In the Australian fixed income space, the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) assessment most often comes through its impact on the internal rating provided by the Credit Analysts via our Credit Research process. The portfolio management team then use this to assess relative value when compared to other similarly rated issuers. For example, ESG considerations in the automotive industry have led to our internal rating for some issuers being lower than that of the external rating agencies. As a result, the risk-reward assessment has often been decided such that we are underweight that sector in our active Australian fixed income portfolios. Learn more about the Australian Fixed Income team's approach to Responsible Investment.

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