Does equity protection mean fixed income risk?
Investing in convertible bonds is all about downside protection; combining equity-like returns with in-built, protective stabilisers. A well-defined and well-run convertibles strategy can offer both an automated protective element and high upside equity participation.
Indeed, defending capital against equity market setbacks is the usual angle from which investors approach the asset class. Yet given the market backdrop, it seems important to ask how good the asset class is at protecting against fixed income risk. The two traditional risks metrics in fixed income are credit risk and duration, with both highly relevant in today’s unusual market backdrop.
What are the dangers of higher interest rates and a potential widening of credit spreads to convertible bonds?
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