Asian institutions embracing emerging market bonds

Credit Agricole''s Patrick Chia says emerging market, euro and cash products are more popular.

Patrick Chia, Singapore-based associate director of fixed income, managing Credit Agricole Asset Management's fixed-income assets in Asia, including portfolios of Asian bonds, balanced funds, global bonds and local money market funds. He also works with CAAM's London desk to manage an absolute return fixed-income fund.

FA What's the firm's fixed-income investment philosophy

Chia In the long term you can't predict market direction, so the optimal way to manage the fund is in portfolio construction. We use variance and covariance methods - looking at currencies, G7, emerging market bonds, equities, and analysing their correlations. We run thousands of asset combinations using these metrics. We have a full team in Paris just...

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