13th November 2018

With the FED ready for its fourth rate hike in December and global growth concerns increasing and feeding into the global financial markets, Senior Portfolio Strategist Antonio Del Favero looks at the leading drivers of the sell-off in emerging markets and of the double spike in the volatility of risky assets. VIEW THE FULL PRESENTATION […] more

12th November 2018

British American Tobacco, the FTSE listed Tobacco company’s bonds and stocks have traded down today (12 Nov-18) due to a press article discussing a potential FDA ban on menthol cigarettes.  Menthols last year represented 55% of BAT’s U.S. cigarette sales by volume (Source: WSJ), which makes any potential new regulation in this area a material […] more

9th November 2018

We outline recent credit developments at Distribuidora Internacional de Alimentación (“Dia”) and Tesco as well as the impact of the ECB on bond pricing. DIA is predominantly an Iberian supermarket, whose stocks and bonds have experienced something of a roller-coaster ride since October. Unfortunately for DIA and its key stakeholders, the ride is unlikely to […] more

29th August 2018

EM – Not fixing the roof while the sun is shining…? On Friday (24 Aug), S&P downgraded Zambia to B- from B[1] and kept it on a stable outlook. At time of writing (28 Aug), all its USD bonds are trading at spreads of more than 1000bps[2], over the respective US Treasury Note. This is […] more

25th May 2018

Advertising giant WPP has been in the headlines for the past few weeks following the departure of its long term CEO, Martin Sorrell. Just this week, Ratings Agency Fitch downgraded the outlook on its bonds to negative, but kept its BBB+ (Investment Grade rating). Reasons Fitch gave for the change included: Pressures building both across […] more

18th May 2018

Why are they issued? Corporate Hybrids are a maturing area of the global fixed income universe that have formed a key part of the Rubrics Global Credit strategy for over six years. These instruments enable corporates to issue tax deductible debt which also benefits from equity credit standing from the major rating agencies. As a […] more

11th May 2018

  At the end of 2017, Antonio Del Favero, Senior Portfolio Strategist highlighted the increasing risk of a correction in 2018 – despite the loose financial conditions at the time. In March, Antonio presented his updated analysis to the Stress Testing and the Global Economy: Main Drivers and Risk event in Zurich.  Up for discussion was the […] more

10th May 2018

Earlier this week (Wednesday 9 May), Senior Portfolio Manager at Rubrics, Antonio Del Favero featured on Bloomberg Surveillance with Francine Lacqua. Up for discussion was the increasing political risk and its effects on the markets, and the current less synchronised world growth. Watch part one of the discussion focussing on Trump’s decision to withdraw US […] more

16th April 2018

Bond markets are usually a reliable gauge of what’s really going on in the world. The recent flattening of the yield curve is indicating to many that global central banks have failed in their stated objective of reviving inflation. A spectacular failure in many ways given the addition of $22 trillion in global QE coupled […] more

15th March 2018

After being rudely awoken from their slumber in early February, risk assets have been in consolidation mode. Assuredly, there is plenty for the markets to get their collective ‘heads’ around. The prospect of higher rates in the US, reinforced by a Fed Chair seemingly willing to follow through on rate hikes, the spectre of quantitative […] more

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