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Mario Eisenegger

Years in the bond markets: 4

Specialist subjects: Economics and corporate bonds

Likes: Handball, Oasis, FC Basel

Heroes: Roger Federer, Quentin Tarantino, Spider-Man

Can General Electric ease the pain of BBBs?

The positive and negative effects of central bank intervention after the 2007-08 financial crisis have been widely debated and are still – ten years on – not fully understood. For example, keeping borrowing costs artificially low for years has certainly helped spur economic growth (great), but by incentivising companies to take on more debt (not so great). The debt increase also makes me questi…

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BVTV: Investors, the highs and lows of investing

Tobacco and drinks companies used to be considered very stable, almost quiet industries. Industry players sold products that had no substitutes, and investors would not have to be too worried about negative earnings surprises. That picture seems to have changed now, with new products gaining popularity in the tobacco world and the recent legalisation of cannabis in Canada shaking things up in t…

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BVTV: Demystifying US high yield – what’s driving YTD performance?

While 2018 has been a mixed year for bond investors so far, with many indices posting negative returns, the US high yield market has – perhaps surprisingly – managed to navigate its way through the turbulence. The sector’s intrinsically shorter duration than its investment grade counterpart may explain part of the divergence, but this is only part of the story.

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BVTV: High drama for Italian high yield?

While political instability is nothing new for Italy, last week’s developments have triggered major market moves. The 10-year Italian government spread to Bunds jumped to as high as 288bps last week, which is an impressive move if you consider that investors were only asking for a risk premium of 122bps at the beginning of the month. Despite a rebound in markets towards the end of the week, the…

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The impact of the technology tantrum on US corporate bond valuations

It is fair to say that markets have become more lively of late. One sector in particular has been the epicentre of revived market volatility – Technology.

In the US high yield market, the US tech sector has weakened relative to the broader US high yield market. Given higher leveraged balance sheets, high yield bonds tend to be more sensitive to sector specific headwinds.

The chart below shows t…

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BVTV: Geopolitical tensions are back in the headlines – what does this mean for bond investors?

On this week’s BVTV I am joined in the studio by fund manager Dr Wolfgang Bauer and we will be focusing on the recent escalation in geopolitical tensions after the US imposed further tough sanctions against Russia. What does all this mean for bond investors and should we be now thinking about de-risking our portfolios? As ever, the picture is more nuanced than it would first appear. While Russi…

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BVTV: What’s in store for retail?

Toys “R” Us announced last week that it has so far failed to find a buyer or reach a debt restructuring deal, raising the prospect of widespread store closures and job losses. While a rescue package could yet emerge, the future is looking far from rosy for the toy store. M&G fund manager and deputy head of retail fixed interest Stefan Isaacs joined me this morning to discuss prospects for the f…

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BVTV: 2018 – the year of the bond bear market?

After such a good run for credit spreads in 2017, and a more challenging start to the New Year for government bonds in particular, are we right to be more cautious about prospects for markets in 2018? Fund manager Wolfgang Bauer joins me to discuss what’s behind the recent sell-off in bunds and Treasuries, and what we can read into primary market activity so far in January. 

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