Accessing opportunities in the rates market is increasingly challenging

In the low rate environment with rate volatility ‘dying on the vine’ curve finding investment opportunities is very challenging in the government bond space, as spread trades become very directional bets on yields rising or falling. Competition in primary and secondary markets is also fierce and that creates challenges for portfolio managers and investment traders as they seek to access new issuance or liquidity opportunities.

James Athey, investment director at Aberdeen Standard, gives us his insights into accessing returns as rates volatility is ‘dying on the vine’, from using interest rate swaps to building closer dealer relationships.

Published on July 14, 2020

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