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PORTFOLIO PERSPECTIVES | – 13:10 MIN

Talking heads – There is a reasonable alternative: mortgage bonds

Daniel Morris
By JOHN CAREY, DANIEL MORRIS 23.01.2023

In this article:

    After a bright start, US mortgage-backed securities face a sunnier year in which this fixed income asset class could reverse part of the gloomy outcome of a challenging and volatile 2022. With the peak in inflation behind us and the end of the US Federal Reserve’s rate rising cycle in sight, investors have an opportunity to benefit from a likely bounce-back.  

    In this Talking heads podcast, John Carey, head of structured securities, tells chief market strategist  Daniel Morris that the mortgage-backed securities (MBS) segment now presents a reasonable choice for fixed income investors. It offers the prospect of significant yield pick-up relative to US Treasuries,  high credit quality and stable cash flows in a market environment where recession could cloud the appeal of corporate bonds and equities.

    You can also listen and subscribe to Talking heads on YouTube and read the transcript.

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    Please note that articles may contain technical language. For this reason, they may not be suitable for readers without professional investment experience. Any views expressed here are those of the author as of the date of publication, are based on available information, and are subject to change without notice. Individual portfolio management teams may hold different views and may take different investment decisions for different clients. This document does not constitute investment advice. The value of investments and the income they generate may go down as well as up and it is possible that investors will not recover their initial outlay. Past performance is no guarantee for future returns. Investing in emerging markets, or specialised or restricted sectors is likely to be subject to a higher-than-average volatility due to a high degree of concentration, greater uncertainty because less information is available, there is less liquidity or due to greater sensitivity to changes in market conditions (social, political and economic conditions). Some emerging markets offer less security than the majority of international developed markets. For this reason, services for portfolio transactions, liquidation and conservation on behalf of funds invested in emerging markets may carry greater risk.

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