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The risk outlook for global debt markets

There has been recent commentary on the quality of global credit currently being issued and the risks involved, with fears that GFC-like mistakes may be repeated. Other concerns include the spectacular rise of passively managed bond portfolios and fears of a vicious cycle should the market turn.

To help you understand the implications of current risks in the global debt market, Gemma Dale speaks to NAB’s fixed income guru Mark Todd, who shares his view on:

  • Global corporate bonds issues by companies and how they’re rated
  • How to identify high quality credit and why bundled bonds aren’t always as has high quality as you think
  • Where to find high quality yield instruments
  • The true risks of passive bond structures and the role of fund managers in this space, and
  • The challenges associated with rising rates and why investing on the basis of fear is not a good idea.


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