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  • Is short-term noise masking a long-term opportunity in EM Equities? download

    White papers 1 September 2019

    Emerging markets (EMs) are in the headlines on a regular basis—both with positive and negative news flow—but rarely do we hear the whole story.

  • Distressed Debt: Seeking Opportunity in Choppy Waters download

    White papers 28 August 2019

    Investors are increasingly looking to distressed debt as the credit cycle matures. But with a competitive landscape and significant growth in private credit and European high yield, this cycle could look different than those of the past. Stuart Mathieson, Head of Barings’ Global Special Situations group, and Bryan High, Co-Portfolio Manager of the strategy, discuss how the macro environment is impacting their outlook, and where they’re seeing opportunities today.

  • Don't Panic - Just Yet - How to navigate the buoys and the rocks of today’s markets. weblink

    White papers 19 August 2019

    There’s a moment that sends a chill down the spine of any sailor when a rock suddenly appears, off wrong side of the bow. It doesn’t really matter whether the chart was wrong or the skipper missed a buoy—it’s undeniably a sign of trouble.  That same cold jolt struck investors this month with the arrival of inverted yield curves, wilting inflation expectations and an array of other economic oddities that weren’t on their charts. But it would be wrong to panic now.

  • Distressed Debt: How This Cycle May Be Different weblink

    White papers 15 August 2019

    Barings’ Stuart Mathieson and Bryan High discuss the outlook and competitive landscape for distressed debt and consider the implications of the significant growth in private credit and European high yield since the last cycle.

  • U.S. Loans: Challenged Market or Veiled Opportunity? weblink

    White papers 13 August 2019

    With loan and bond yields currently comparable, we believe—in a somewhat contrarian view to the market—there is a good argument for investing in loans, particularly in the U.S., where the economy appears to be marginally stronger than in Europe.

  • The Great Disappearing Trade Deal weblink

    White papers 5 August 2019

    The Great China Trade Deal evaporated before our eyes last week and investors should stop hoping it back into existence. In the increasingly tense relationship between Washington and Beijing, tariffs, retaliation and escalation are all just part of the furniture now.

  • What We Know, What We Don’t Know, What We Think weblink

    White papers 29 July 2019

    It’s not even clear that central banks themselves understand what’s going on. Lower unemployment doesn’t seem to nudge inflation higher, as it once did. Commodity prices may, but not reliably.

  • Why 2 Degrees Celsius May Beat 2 Percent CPI weblink

    White papers 22 July 2019

    Investors should watch closely as some financial regulators begin to take a more expansive view of their mandates and pay more attention to the planet’s rising temperature.

  • A Man, A Plan, A Canal – A Trade War weblink

    White papers 22 July 2019

    Trade flows, like water, ultimately find their path. If you are looking to measure today’s global trade turmoil, there are worse places than the 51-mile stretch of canal that connects the Atlantic and the Pacific for roughly 6% of the world’s trade. (If you are a tourist passing through, moreover, there are few nearby beaches to compete for your time.)...

  • Views from the LPAC download

    White papers 18 July 2019

    Over our 25 years investing across private markets, Barings has had the opportunity to hold hundreds of Limited Partner Advisory Committee (LPAC) seats—helping mitigate conflicts of interest, and making suggestions to General Partners (GPs) and Limited Partners (LPs) on best practices.

  • Fixed Income: Upending the Conventional Approach download

    White papers 16 July 2019

    The search for yield trudges on amid trade and tariff clashes, and a credit cycle that continues to surprise in its longevity. In this Q&A, Michael Freno, Head of Global Markets, shares his views on where value can still be found and how investors can benefit from looking beyond traditional indexes in high yield, investment grade credit and emerging markets debt.

  • Fixed Income: Looking Beyond the Index for Late-Cycle Value weblink

    White papers 16 July 2019

    Head of Global Markets, Mike Freno, sheds light on how the Barings’ teams are finding value outside of traditional indexes across high yield, investment grade credit and emerging markets debt.

  • Private Equity: Where LPs Need to Do Their Homework Now weblink

    White papers 12 July 2019

    From fund-life extensions to ESG and diversity efforts, limited partners (LPs) have no shortage of factors to consider when evaluating PE investments. Barings’ Elizabeth Weindruch provides first-hand insight into the latest challenges facing PE investors today.

  • How Europe Took a Knife to a Gunfight weblink

    White papers 1 July 2019

    The continent has made remarkable progress… but its economic interests remain vulnerable in a world that once again favors a sharp elbow over a memorandum of understanding.

  • Assessing the Countries Making Headlines Across EM Debt weblink

    White papers 25 June 2019

    As emerging markets continue to dominate world news, Barings’ Ricardo Adrogué weighs in on the trade frictions with China, Venezuela’s evolving status as a political hotspot, and why he has high conviction in Mexico.

  • Investing in China: Tapping into Long-Term Opportunities download

    White papers 19 June 2019

    Ghadir Cooper, Global Head of Equities, recently joined a round table with Pensions & Investments to discuss the opportunity set in China. Despite slowed growth and trade concerns, she believes there are several reasons why investors should remain optimistic.

  • Where the Dry Powder Goes Next download

    White papers 18 June 2019

    Stuart Mathieson and Bryan High, portfolio managers for the Global Special Situations strategy, discuss the outlook for distressed debt investing—and explain how they’re finding opportunities throughout the cycle.

  • How Opportunistic Is Your Investment Grade Allocation? weblink

    White papers 13 June 2019

    Michael Freno, Head of Global Markets, discusses the benefits of ‘multi-asset’ or ‘opportunistic’ credit portfolios and the newly-launched Barings Global Investment Grade Strategies.

  • Four Reasons Security Matters Right Now weblink

    White papers 12 June 2019

    Amid the late stages of an elongated credit cycle, Martin Horne, Barings’ Head of Global High Yield, discusses four reasons why global senior secured bonds—a lesser known and perhaps underappreciated subset of high yield—could be an attractive option in the event of defaults.

  • Private Credit: How Supply/Demand Dynamics are Shaping the Landscape download

    White papers 22 May 2019

    Ian Fowler, Co-Head of the North American Private Finance Group, discusses the dynamics of each middle market segment—including upper-end style shift resulting from competitive pressures—and explains why the traditional middle is the sweet spot.

  • Is There Style Drift in Middle Market Lending? weblink

    White papers 22 May 2019

    Barings’ Ian Fowler weighs in on the supply/demand dynamics in the direct lending space and explains why looking at the middle market as one cohesive universe can be misleading.

  • High Yield: Identifying Value Amid Shifting Sentiment download

    White papers 9 May 2019

    In this Q&A, David Mihalick, Barings’ Head of U.S. High Yield Investments, discusses the volatile swings in investor sentiment that high yield markets experienced over the last two quarters, and where the Barings team is seeing value today.

  • Global Emerging Markets Equities: Where Do We Stand? download

    White papers 9 May 2019

    In this Q&A, William Palmer and Michael Levy, Co-Heads for Emerging and Frontier Equities, discuss their approach to accessing the asset class, current trends, and why recent headwinds may be becoming tailwinds.

  • German Equities Present Opportunities to Combat Headwinds download

    White papers 9 May 2019

    In this Q&A, Rob Smith, Manager of the Barings German Growth strategy, shares his thoughts on how German equities are positioned to combat various headwinds, and which sectors the team expects future growth to come from.

  • Why Russia May be Set for an Explosion in E-commerce Growth weblink

    White papers 29 April 2019

    Historically a laggard in the e-commerce world, Russia is showing signs of life. But challenges remain.

  • High Yield: A Swift Rebound weblink

    White papers 29 April 2019

    High yield bonds and loans posted a strong Q1 following the technically induced Q4 sell-off. With defaults still near historical lows, current spreads provide attractive risk-adjusted return potential.

  • EM Debt: Investing with Cautious Optimism weblink

    White papers 23 April 2019

    Sovereign debt outperformed in Q1 as geopolitical headlines continued to garner attention and commodities rallied. Risks remain for the asset class but some notable headwinds have now become tailwinds.

  • High Yield Bonds & Loans: Where to Next? weblink

    White papers 23 April 2019

    High yield markets roared back in the first quarter. Can market fundamentals and technicals support continued strength? And how should investors factor in risks ranging from possible recession, to ratings downgrades, to liquidity concerns? Barings’ David Mihalick weighs in.

  • IG Credit: Can the Rally Last? weblink

    White papers 22 April 2019

    BBB-rated credits led the first quarter recovery despite early signs of deterioration among fundamentals. With spreads significantly tighter this year, short duration credits may pose an attractive investment option.

  • Structured Credit: Receding Headwinds Support CLO Performance weblink

    White papers 16 April 2019

    CLOs rebounded in the first quarter as credit concerns receded. Lower interest rates may drive continued interest in the asset class moving forward.

  • Enterprise Software: Valuation Matters weblink

    White papers 16 April 2019

    While industry dynamics remain healthy and growth prospects exist, current enterprise software valuations look stretched.

  • EM Debt: Investing with Cautious Optimism weblink

    White papers 15 April 2019

    Sovereign debt outperformed in Q1 as geopolitical headlines continued to garner attention and commodities rallied. Risks remain for the asset class but some notable headwinds have now become tailwinds.

  • Tempering Enthusiasm for Mexico’s Corporate Bond Market weblink

    White papers 9 April 2019

    Omotunde Lawal, Head of EM Corporate Debt, reports back from a recent trip to Mexico, where the Barings team conducted on-the-ground research through meetings with a wide variety of corporate issuers, economists and ratings agencies.

  • Intangible Assets: The Royal Opportunity Set download

    White papers 9 April 2019

    In this Q&A, Jon Rotolo, Barings’ Head of Private Equity / Real Assets, and David Jin, a Director within the Private Equity / Real Assets group, discuss why they believe pharmaceutical royalties present a particularly compelling investment opportunity.

  • An Active Approach to International Smaller Companies download

    White papers 9 April 2019

    Barings’ Head of Small Cap Equities Nick Williams discusses the characteristics of the International Smaller Companies asset class, and explains why an active approach to investing in the sector best positions investors to generate attractive returns.

  • The Potential Benefits of Global Senior Secured Loans download

    White papers 19 March 2019

    In the current environment, senior secured loans are gaining traction for their potential to offer a blend of attractive yield and protection against both credit and interest rate risk.

  • How to Approach a More Accessible Chinese Equity Market download

    White papers 19 March 2019

    As China continues to open up its capital markets to international investors and its representation in the global equity opportunity set expands, there is no doubt that investors are on the cusp of an exciting chapter for Chinese equities. Historically a closed asset class, China A-shares have become more accessible to global investors as the Chinese government introduced a number of measures to encourage foreign participation.

  • Monetary Policy’s Effect on EM Debt weblink

    White papers 5 March 2019

    Rate expectations have changed materially across emerging and developed markets in the first quarter of 2019. What does this mean for emerging markets debt? Barings’ Ricardo Adrogué weighs in.

  • EM Debt: Navigating a Shifting Macro Backdrop download

    White papers 26 February 2019

    After a rocky 2018, the picture may be brightening for emerging markets debt. From rising rates to trade wars, some of last year’s headwinds look to be receding, at least for now. Barings’ Ricardo Adroguè and Omotunde Lawal highlight opportunities they’re currently seeing.

  • EM Debt—A Brightening Picture? weblink

    White papers 19 February 2019

    Barings’ Ricardo Adroguè and Omotunde Lawal highlight opportunities they’re seeing from Mexico and Brazil to more challenged geographies like Turkey and Argentina—and provide insight into how they’re thinking about political hotspots like Venezuela.

  • An Underappreciated Subset of High Yield download

    White papers 18 February 2019

    For investors willing to surrender a nominal amount of yield in favor of greater protection given a default, global senior secured bonds can be an attractive option in a recessionary environment.

  • High Yield Five Takeaways For The Months Ahead download

    White papers 12 February 2019

    A market dominated by volatility and dramatic headlines—if this environment feels familiar, perhaps it’s because it is.

  • An Underappreciated Subset Of High Yield download

    White papers 12 February 2019

    As we enter what may be the twilight hours of an elongated credit cycle, an increase in defaults is not only possible, but probable. Against this backdrop, a credit-intensive, global approach to high yield investing is key.

  • Investment Grade Credit—Rates, BBBs and ABS weblink

    White papers 22 January 2019

    From inverted yield curves to potential BBB downgrade risk, Barings’ David Nagle discusses some of the key challenges facing investors in the IG markets today.

  • The Changing Face of Investment Grade Credit download

    White papers 16 January 2019

    In a recent interview, David Nagle, CFA, portfolio manager in the Investment Grade Fixed Income Group, discussed the investment grade credit market, including some of the issues garnering headlines recently and how the market has evolved through the years.

  • Assessing Today’s Private Credit Landscape weblink

    White papers 12 December 2018

    Private credit markets have seen an increase in investor demand over the last decade. But with competition fierce and the cycle maturing, what factors should investors consider moving forward? Barings’ Eric Lloyd identifies where he and his team see the best relative value today.

  • Seeking Value in Today’s Private Credit Market download

    White papers 21 November 2018

    In this Q&A, Barings’ Eric Lloyd discusses his team’s approach to navigating the risks and capitalizing on the opportunities across the global private credit markets.

  • Is it Time to Consider a Blended Approach to EMD? weblink

    White papers 21 November 2018

    How can investors tap into the diverse opportunities within EM debt? Ricard Adrogué, Head of Emerging Markets Debt and Omotunde Lawal Head of Emerging Markets Corporate Credit Research, weigh in.

  • Private Equity: Emerging, Women & Diverse Managers weblink

    White papers 18 March 2019

    Amid increased competition and rich valuations, PE returns have continued to trend downward. In this interview, Barings’ Mina Nazemi discusses how allocations to emerging, women and diverse managers can potentially help combat this trend.

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