October 25, 2016
Joshua Varghese's picture

The biggest news that has gotten even the most lively of boring REIT analysts excited has been the recent Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS) index inclusion of real estate as its own sector. Just reading that previous sentence makes me feel dull. Though I do believe it has serious significance.

This is the first time in its...

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September 22, 2016
Eric Bushell's picture

At Signature, we have been max underweight exposure to equity since the summer of 2014 and we have been defensively minded since the beginning of former Chairman Bernanke’s taper in May 2013. This view changed in August.  Now, three years and four months later, we are re-engaging risk. For the first time in this period, financial conditions in...

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September 12, 2016
Alexandra Gorewicz's picture

Bonds make the world go round

By the turn of the 20th century, W.S. Gilbert’s famous expression, “love makes the world go round” infamously morphed into “money makes the world go round.” The latter withstood the test of time and was even cleverly adapted into a song for an American musical in the early 1970s: “Money...

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September 1, 2016
Hoa Hong's picture

It looks like I may have to hitchhike again when I go on my next trip to Midland, Texas to meet with some of the Permian companies that we hold in our portfolios. On my first visit there about six years ago, I wasn’t able to find a cab to take me from the airport to my hotel – but excitement and activity were at a fever pitch in the area at...

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August 23, 2016
Jeremy Yeung's picture

Given the volatility in the equity markets in 2016 we feel it’s time for an update on Signature Global Science & Technology Corporate Class. Coming into 2016 there was U.S. dollar headwinds, macro and political uncertainty. Credit spreads had moved wider on bankruptcy concerns linked to falling commodity prices and global central bankers...

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August 23, 2016
Paul Borean's picture

Many markets for inflation-linked bonds (also referred to as “linkers”) were born out of investor demand for both the safety of government debt relative to comparatively more credit risky borrowers, as well as real income that is protected from the risk of higher inflation. Although the income potential has been gradually squeezed from these...

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August 5, 2016
Alexandra Gorewicz's picture

Managing global fixed income in a negative-yielding world

Bear with me for a second as I review some investors’ “favourite” (predominantly negative yielding) bond market: Japan. At the start of this year, the universe of Japanese government bonds yielded somewhere in the vicinity of 0.3%. Today, they yield -0.1%. That...

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July 27, 2016
Eric Bushell's picture

I’ve had enough of the military analogies for unconventional monetary policy, bazookas and all that. It’s time for something new to freshen up this dull global deflation story. I just watched the clip from the movie Pulp Fiction where John Travolta plunges a massive adrenaline shot into an unconscious Uma Thurman’s chest and thought, that’s...

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July 19, 2016
Kamyar Hazaveh's picture

Background

Investors with long dated liabilities such as defined benefit pension plans and insurance companies are familiar with the use of long government bonds to hedge their interest rate exposure. The most successful of these organizations, have followed a disciplined approach to progressively add to their liability...

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June 28, 2016
Jean-Philippe Bry's picture

Political turmoil in the U.K. continues as predicted in a previous blog post. Until the Conservatives choose a new leader in early September, who is going to lead the Brexit negotiations and with what mandate and authority? It is at this time that we would expect Article 50 to be invoked, starting the formal negotiations on Britain’s exit. ...

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