Time to rethink fixed income?

When it comes to income investing, the last few years have been challenging in the UK, with domestic assets caught out by soaring inflation and economic slowdown. Those factors, plus central banks in rate hiking mode, have created a particularly difficult backdrop for bonds, with markets experiencing one of the most turbulent periods in a generation.

In this environment, we believe a rethink is needed around income investing, particularly fixed income, to help ensure a smoother journey. Bond funds that seek to deliver consistently high income under different market conditions could be key to meeting client goals. We are therefore making the Capital Group Global High Income Opportunities (GHIO) strategy available to UK investors for the first time through an open-ended investment company.1

One potential silver lining from recent bond weakness is that the yields these markets now offer are some of the highest for many years; this has led many commentators to claim that ‘income’ is finally back in fixed income.

A look back at the history of global bond markets shows that investing when yields are at current levels, around 3.7% for the Bloomberg Global Aggregate Index and 9% for high yield corporates2, has led to strong results over the following years3. If we start to see inflation coming down in the coming months, we could expect central bank hiking to peak. Given current yield levels, that could offer a fertile environment for fixed income.

For UK investors, however, yields on sterling investment grade credit are currently still well below inflation, highlighting the importance of seeking more diversified sources of income.


High inflation requires high income solutions

Yield on domestic UK assets compared with UK CPI

Past results are not a guarantee of future results.

Data for UK equities, UK REITs (real estate investment trusts) and sterling bonds covers period from 31 December 2019 to 31 December 2022. Inflation is based on UK Consumer Price Index (CPI) (all items) annual percentage change and covers period from 15 December 2019 to 15 November 2022. UK equities represented by dividend yield of FTSE All Share Index, Sterling Corporate bonds represented by yield-to-worst of ICE BofA Sterling Corporate Bond Index, UK REITs represented by dividend yield of FTSE UK REIT Index. Sources: Refinitiv, Capital Group

Launched into the European market back in 1999the GHIO strategy has a long and successful track record of providing high income, with a 7%4 average over the last 10 years, a period in which much of the bond market was offering low or even negative yields. Key to this is the strategy’s flexible and diverse approach, investing across countries and different parts of the bond market to find the most attractive opportunities. The two main areas of focus are high yield and emerging market debt, both traditionally among the higher yielding parts of the bond universe.

Beyond higher income, these markets also provide diversification for UK investors: there are 25 developed high yield markets, for example, and more than 80 countries with emerging sovereign and corporate bond markets.

All Capital Group funds are anchored on fundamental research and we feel that in volatile markets, the ability to distinguish between credits and identify winners and losers becomes increasingly important. This fundamental, bottom-up analysis is the cornerstone of the strategy’s long-term success. Capital Group’s broader fixed income platform is backed by more than 200 fixed income professionals managing £398 billion of assets5

GHIO is run by a team of seasoned portfolio managers, each of whom has been investing in financial markets for at least a quarter of a century. This means they have seen a variety of conditions. All four of the portfolio managers are specialists in their field, able to bring their expertise to bear through our distinctive multiple-manager approach, The Capital SystemTM.

Supporting the managers are a team of high yield and emerging market analysts; through their work, they can identify risks and opportunities to ensure investments made are likely to provide consistent and higher income.

UK investors can now benefit from this expertise through the launch of Capital Group UK - Global High Income Opportunities, an open-ended investment company.


High income with diversification on multiple levels

1. The Luxembourg SICAV Capital Group Global High Income Opportunities (LUX) (inception: 7 May 1999) is referenced as a representative account for the strategy. This is intended to illustrate our experience and capability in managing this strategy over the long term. UK investors can now directly access this experience following the launch of Capital Group UK – Global High Income Opportunities on 18 January 2023.

2. As at 31 December 2022 in USD terms. High yield corporates represented by Bloomberg Global High Yield Index. Sources: Capital Group, Bloomberg

3. Data from Capital Group and Bloomberg (as at 31 December 2022) shows the average five-year forward returns going back to 2001 are 5.8% when the Bloomberg Global Aggregate Index is yielding around 3.7%, and 8.1% when the Bloomberg Global Corporate High Yield Index is yielding 9%.

4. Based on a representative account for the strategy. 10-year average annual income yield is to 31 December 2022. Dividend yields distributed by share classes will differ dependent on type and how investors choose to pay management fees and expenses.

5. Assets under management are preliminary for 30 September 2022. Fixed income assets are managed by Capital Fixed Income Investors. 


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January 18, 2023

Article: Where can UK investors look for consistent income streams?

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