Credit Market Outlook, Third Quarter 2018

Looking into the third quarter, we prefer credit risk relative to rate risk, and maintain a balanced view toward investment grade credit and high yield credit. We also favor US exposures in the credit and structured asset classes. With the third quarter likely a period of transition from optimistic expectations to more realistic expectations, we are also considering a more neutral risk positioning.

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Aegon AM US provides fixed income strategies across the quality and yield spectrum to institutional investors.


Defining characteristics:
• Bottom-up, research-driven process informed by top-down analysis
• Integrated investment team comprised of industry-focused global credit analysts and dedicated specialty research teams
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• Decades of experience structuring private real assets tailored to client preferences
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Kames Capital, based in the UK, provides globally-diversified fixed income, equities and multi-asset investment solutions.


Defining characteristics:
• Active manager with a high conviction approach, blending a top-down perspective with bottom-up analysis
• Robust and disciplined investment process
• Experienced and deeply-resourced investment and risk management teams