Managing bonds while facing interest rate hikes

A panel of bond fund managers gives Hong Kong investors a taste of the possibilities.

Global bond fund management executives argue that the sector offers continuing opportunities despite the looming threat of interest rate hikes in the United States. A panel outlined sectors portfolio managers can exploit to Hong Kong institutional investors at a seminar hosted by Mercer Investment Consulting, if they are given the freedom by clients to diversify a portfolio.

These managers feel pressure to argue that investors shouldn't abandon the asset class. Rates could even head lower, says Imran Hussain, director at Black Rock, noting that reflation fears may not last. So a zero allocation to fixed income is not sensible. And if interest rates do rise, that will impact investors' asset allocation decision, because...

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