Talking Bonds with Income Asset Management

TINA is a word bandied about in broking circles over the past decade as our interest rates declined towards zero. TINA isn’t a fictional woman or even a real person, it’s an acronym that stands for “There Is No Alternative,” meaning equities.

This ended in 2022 and with investment grade bonds trading at over 6%, now could be the time to have a look at investing in bonds!

In this episode of Investing with Rich, I talk all things fixed interest and bonds with the specialists. Jenna Labib is an executive director and Matthew Macreadie, a credit strategist and portfolio manager from the ASX listed group Income Asset Management (ASX:IAM). Welcome Under the Radar!

Here are some highlights:

  • Bonds explained. The risks and how to buy them, using IAM’s OTC market.

  • What are the different Bond types – fixed coupon, floating rate notes, capital index bonds, indexed annuity bonds etc.

  • What does inflation mean for bonds?

  • Bank hybrids do pay franking credits but have far more risk than you’d expect – think the contingent convertible capital instruments (CoCos) also known as Additional Tier 1 Capital (AT1) bank hybrids issued by Credit Suisse. They lost 100% of their value, while Credit Suisse shareholders didn’t.

  • Why the new asset class, Tier 2 bonds, are worth looking at for value. These bonds sit above hybrid but below senior unsubordinated debt and provide better returns, albeit with slightly more risk (but a lot less risk than hybrids).

  • Why Investment grade bonds are preferred over high yield bonds during this time of market instability.

  • Investment grade bonds that you can buy with 6-7% yield versus the Australian Government 5 year bond yield of 5%.

  • Which bonds do you buy? From CommBank (ASX:CBA) to UBS, Find out about 5 bonds with varying risks, which the team at IAM recommend.

  • Find out why you’re better off taking control of your future by buying bonds directly, instead of through an ETF.


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Richard Hemming

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Under the Radar Report is licensed to give general financial advice only (ASFL: 409518). The author does not own shares in any of the stocks mentioned.

Under the Radar Report is licensed to give general financial advice only (ASFL: 409518). The author does not own shares in any of the stocks mentioned.

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