Displaying items by tag: active fixed income

Thursday, 04 July 2024 13:52

Hidden Benefits of Active Fixed Income

When considering fixed income ETFs, active strategies offer notable advantages over passive ones. Unlike equity indexes, replicating a bond index like the U.S. Agg is "impossible" due to smaller bond quantities, infrequent trades, and varying maturities and credit ratings.


 Active management allows flexibility to adapt to shifting bond markets and interest rate environments. The T. Rowe Price QM U.S. Bond ETF (TAGG), for example, charges eight basis points and seeks to outperform the U.S. Agg through a diverse range of investment-grade U.S. bonds.


 As fixed income ETFs grow in popularity, active strategies present a valuable alternative. This trend reflects a broader move towards active management within the ETF space.

Finsum: When thinking about the advantages of active bonds its important to consider this index replicability that you can’t get in fixed income. 

Published in Wealth Management
Friday, 28 June 2024 03:21

Cost No Concern for This Active Bond ETF

In the current macroeconomic environment, fixed income investors have numerous options for attaining yield but getting active management is a different story, making the Eaton Vance Total Return Bond ETF (EVTR) particularly noteworthy. This ETF offers core exposure in an actively managed fund at a low cost, which is beneficial as interest rates are expected to stay high before eventually declining. 


Active management of the EVTR can provide the necessary flexibility to navigate the uncertainties of the bond market, especially with the volatility that has persisted into 2024. The fund's benchmark, the Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Index, ensures a diversified mix of over 500 holdings, including safe haven Treasuries and higher-yielding bonds. 


Investors benefit from an attractive expense ratio of 0.39% and a 30-day SEC yield of 5.17%. The EVTR provides a comprehensive solution for core bond exposure or as a complement to existing bond portfolios, leveraging the expertise of Eaton Vance’s fixed income team.

Finsum: Typically, cost is the main concern with active management, but a cheap active exposure could be the goldilocks solution. 

Published in Bonds: Total Market
Tuesday, 24 October 2023 15:12

Why Allocators Are Favoring Active Fixed Income

Financial markets are increasingly complicated these days given the uncertainty regarding inflation, monetary policy, and the economy’s trajectory. For investors, the challenge is heightened as both equities and bonds have become increasingly correlated. In a piece for Pension & Investments, MFS Investment Management shared why active fixed income makes sense in this environment and detailed the firm’s approach.


According to Pilar Gomez-Bravo, the co-CIO of fixed income at MFS, “With this macro backdrop and the uncertainty around central bank policy, alpha generation from active management will be a more important factor for most fixed-income investors going forward.” 


With increased volatility, MFS recommends that fixed income investors ensure that they are sufficiently diversified to minimize risk by properly balancing duration and default risks. Its active management strategy is based on collaboration between its investment teams, consistency in its investment process, a focus on generating alpha throughout the cycle, and conviction in taking action when there are dislocations in the market.


Some other elements of the firm’s active fixed income approach is to manage and structure the portfolio to express a broad view and diversity of thought. Each portfolio is stress tested to ensure resilience, while the fixed income team stays connected to the equity team to get a holistic view of the markets and economy.

Finsum: Active fixed income is seeing a substantial increase in inflows given relatively high yields, while there is considerable uncertainty about the economy and monetary policy.


Published in Wealth Management

Contact Us



Subscribe to our daily newsletter