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  • FTSE Russell China Bond Research Report - November 2019 download

    White papers 30 November 2019

    Although China-US trade tensions continue to dominate headlines, September data from the Bond Connect trading scheme – which grants international investors access to China’s interbank bond market – revealed trading volumes hit a record high of 296.3 billion RMB in September. Total trading volume of bonds registered with China Central Depository & Clearing Co. Ltd, (CCDC) also hit a record high of 13.96 trillion RMB in August.

  • Why climate change also matters for government bond investing download

    White papers 11 November 2019

    The global sovereign debt market is one of the largest asset classes in the world, and yet it has typically lagged other asset classes when it comes to integrating climate change considerations.

  • Blog | Trapped near zero: bond yields, zombies and unintended consequences weblink

    White papers 24 October 2019

    When Japanese interest rates first fell towards zero, the Japanese government yield curve steepened sharply as it was assumed temporary, and that interest rates and bond yields would rapidly “normalise” or mean revert at levels more typical of the 1980s and ’90s. With about a 20-year lag, the Eurozone now appears to be experiencing the same phenomenon, and has met similar policy responses.

  • Blog | Canada, climate change & fixed income markets weblink

    White papers 24 October 2019

    A new FTSE Russell index measuring the impact of climate change on global fixed income markets is revealing how Canada ranks compared to other developed nations on climate readiness and provides insight into the biggest climate-related risks facing Canadian investors.

  • Why climate change also matters for government bond investing download

    White papers 21 October 2019

    Henry Odogwu, Head of the asset owner group Europe at FTSE Russell discusses how European asset owners are looking to extend environmental, governance and social (ESG) considerations beyond equity into fixed income...

  • ETF Stream Big Call: Fixed Income weblink

    White papers 17 October 2019

    ETF Stream Big Call: Fixed Income (23 September 2019) Re-recorded presentation by Robin Marshall FTSE Russell Global Markets Research, Global Macroeconomic and Asset Allocation Insights - Developed and emerging market bonds in a low interest rate...

  • Blog | Value rally fails to disrupt defensive bias weblink

    White papers 14 October 2019

    Equity factors made a dramatic U-turn in September, capturing the mercurial and rapidly shifting appraisal of economic prospects across global markets. But we think it’s too early to call this a regime change.

  • Equity and Fixed Income Country Classification 2019: The headlines weblink

    White papers 1 October 2019

    We have just announced the results of the annual Country Classification Review for countries monitored by its global equity and fixed income indexes. Our approach to country classification is informed by feedback from a broad set of market participants and provides investors with a framework for evaluating and investing across asset classes in global equities and fixed income markets.

  • Blog | Falling too far? What sets fallen angels apart weblink

    White papers 27 September 2019

    When US investment grade bonds are downgraded and cross the ratings threshold into high yield territory, they join the sector known as “fallen angels.” And while they’re technically categorized as high yield (HY) bonds, it’s important to note that fallen angels were initially issued as investment grade (IG) credits. This is why they tend to have distinct characteristics that set them apart from the rest of the US HY bond market.

  • Blog | The future of index data: Having it your way weblink

    White papers 23 August 2019

    I believe the famous Burger King ad slogan, “Have it Your Way,” is very well understood across all consumer cultures because it so precisely expresses the experience all customers—regardless of the industry—desire. This standard for client experience has even crept into areas in market data once considered so complex that providers were limited in their ability to customise products and services to clients’ needs. First, consider how market data can be packaged.

  • Blog | Study finds value factor applies to fixed income too weblink

    White papers 22 August 2019

    The value effect refers to the tendency of stocks with lower valuation ratios to earn above average returns over the long run. This effect—also referred to as the “value premium”—is one of the most well studied and evidenced market factors in equities. However, when it comes to fixed income, there hasn’t been a widely accepted definition of the value factor.

  • Blog | Not all yield-curve inversions are created equal weblink

    White papers 20 August 2019

    The inversion of a widely watched part of the US Treasury yield curve last week has rattled markets already nervous about slowing global growth. Such events warrant attention given their recession-predicting history. But the macro and monetary forces driving the recent inversion differ starkly from those in 2006, the first of such inversions preceding the last recession.

  • FTSE Russell China Bond Research Report Q2 2019 download

    White papers 29 July 2019

    A quarterly report by FTSE Russell that provides insights into the China bond market, including performance of the FTSE Russell China Bond Indexes.

  • Blog | Are the Eurozone and ECB turning Japanese…? weblink

    White papers 16 July 2019

    ECB President Draghi recently stated his concerns about the slowdown in the Eurozone economy and noted that the ECB still has plenty of scope to expand its QE asset purchase program (Sintra, Portugal, June 19) if required.

  • Blog | Three risks to the “Powell Put” feel-good moment weblink

    White papers 24 June 2019

    Risk appetite has been swinging from concern about slowing global growth and profits to optimism that aggressive Fed easing was just around the corner. Optimism appears to have won the day, at least for now. Hints last week of the Fed’s readiness to cut rates sparked a global equity rally, with US stocks notching new highs.

  • Practical considerations for listed infrastructure download

    White papers 18 June 2019

    Infrastructure is an investment category often seen by investors as a diversification tool that can provide a hedge to long-term liabilities by offering exposure to potentially stable returns and steady income. FTSE Russell defines core infrastructure companies as those that own, manage or operate structures or networks used for the processing or moving goods, services, information and data, people, energy and necessities from one location to another.

  • Blog | Is it a good time to be in the stock market? weblink

    White papers 29 May 2019

    As we enter this year’s annual Russell rebalancing process (also known as the Russell Reconstitution), investors may be interested to know that it has been 35 years since the Russell indexes were created, and the original guiding principles behind the rebalancing process and other features of the Russell indexes have stayed constant over the years.

  • Fallen Angels in the US credit market download

    White papers 22 May 2019

    A Fallen Angel is a corporate, or sovereign, bond downgraded from Investment Grade (IG) (minimum rating of BBB- with S&P, Moody’s or Fitch) to a High Yield credit rating (of BB , or below with S&P, Moody’s or Fitch). Thus, the downgrade from Investment Grade (IG) to High Yield (HY) is far more significant than a downgrade for a bond staying within the same asset class. Fallen Angels tend to have higher credit-beta than other HY issues as a result.

  • The Carry Concept - FTSE Fixed Income Factor Research Series download

    White papers 22 May 2019

    As a well-known concept to practitioners and academics, carry has been leveraged in the currency markets for decades. With the understanding of such FX carry trades becoming established, recent academic publications have explored this concept cross-markets and showcased evidence of the carry premium across other asset classes.  The “carry and roll-down” concept in fixed income Targeting carry in sovereign markets Extending to corporate bonds. Real ...

  • Fallen Angels in the US credit market download

    White papers 22 May 2019

    Characteristics, historical performance and differences between the current credit cycle and earlier regimes...

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