Investment Insights

Global Fixed Income: Themes, Positioning & Market Conditions

Brandywine Global
17 March 2020

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is a black swan event that has created a challenging time for all investors—the exogenous shock has distorted market responses and traditional signals. Market movements over the last two weeks have been swift and outsized, leaving few if any assets classes to trade on actual fundamentals. The current market environment presents a short-term challenge to our investment philosophy, particularly with respect to valuations, and the traditional role rates and currencies have as economic regulators. Yet, this environment has also presented opportunities to reaffirm our process and philosophy, notably through our decision to increase Japanese yen exposure in long-only strategies, as warranted by our valuation framework.

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