Investors: be wary of US growth

Kenneth Leech, chief investment officer at the $465 billion Western Asset Management, explains why US bond markets still offer value.
Ken Leech, Western Asset Management
Ken Leech, Western Asset Management

Bond investors are regularly accused of reaching for yield, that is, earning too little for the risk they are taking. Kenneth Leech, chief investment officer at the $465 billion Western Asset Management, argues that this is too simplistic. Investors are responding to a global economy that is growing but growing slowly. Speaking from the firm’s headquarters in Pasadena, California, Leech says that despite likely interest rate hikes next year, he still favours spread sectors, including junk bonds and emerging markets debt.

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