The Core Plus strategy invests in a core universe of predominantly USD denominated investment grade rated fixed income securities, but also takes advantage of a global opportunity set in areas such as high yield, loans, emerging market debt as well as other fixed income asset classes to capture alpha.
As part of the execution of the strategy, the management team may employ derivatives to position the portfolio and manage risk. Derivatives used may include, but are not limited to, exchange-traded options, interest rate swaps, bond futures, credit default swaps and currency forwards. No borrowing or financial leverage is permitted.
To achieve the portfolio’s investment objectives, the investment process primarily consists of the following elements:
- Anchored by proprietary fundamental research, the management team employs an active approach, tactically positioning the portfolio to take advantage of near-term opportunities presented by movement in relative valuations.
- The main performance drivers are term structure, credit alpha, credit beta, and, to a lesser extent active currency positions.
- The strategy has a bottom-up portfolio construction process that implements the team's strongest conviction ideas, adjusted to reflect the desired top down macro view with regards to duration and spread duration.
- Based on the team's conviction ratings across eligible alpha sources, the team constructs a diversified portfolio to mitigate performance risk associated with individual strategies or single name credit deterioration and default, while maximizing risk-adjusted returns.
- BlueBay believes that taking into account environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors is an important aspect of the investment process. As such, ESG integration – the systematic review of material ESG investment risks – is applied across all of our strategies. We have been a UN-PRI signatory since 2013.
U.S. fixed income expertise
BlueBay’s U.S. fixed income capabilities are supported by a well resourced and experienced group of US-based investment professionals, led by Andrzej Skiba, Head of U.S. fixed income. This group includes members of the Investment Grade, Leveraged Finance and Structured Credit desks. As part of an integrated global fixed income team, our U.S. Fixed Income presence enables us to access the breadth of investment opportunities available in U.S. fixed income markets to deliver domestic as well as global portfolio solutions to clients.