Strategy Spotlight: PineBridge Asia Pacific Investment Grade Bond Strategy

Around 80% of Asian bonds are investment grade with high credit ratings and robust financial health.1 Supported by strong global demand, Asian bonds are attractive because they offer relatively high yield, allowing for a combination of income and capital appreciation. Investment grade bonds are relatively more insulated from market volatility and global macro headwinds compared with other asset classes, offering yield-seeking investors a more stable investment solution. With nearly 1,000 issues1 from a range of sectors and economies at different stages of development, active issuer selection is key to identifying opportunities as well as risks.

Our approach
The strategy seeks to provide investors with stable returns and long-term capital growth through investments in a wide range of investment grade debt securities within the Asia-Pacific region. Our investment process is built on fundamentals, valuations, technical framework which allows us to identify compelling opportunities. We combine top-down analysis with bottom-up research to create a portfolio of approximately 100 securities, predominantly in US dollars, and issued or guaranteed by entities based within the Asia-Pacific region.2

Why consider this strategy?

A diversified portfolio of high-quality Asian bonds that helps to preserve investors’ capital A nimble approach to portfolio positioning as a result of the firm’s size and globally interconnected structure An award-winning investment team with deep experience in investing in Asian fixed income markets
A diversified portfolio of high-quality Asian bonds that helps to preserve investors’ capital A nimble approach to portfolio positioning as a result of the firm’s size and globally interconnected structure An award-winning investment team3 with deep experience in investing in Asian fixed income markets


The Team

With a long track record in global emerging market debt and a strong on-the-ground presence in Asia, our team manages US$12.8 billion in Asia ex-Japan fixed income strategies.4

Arthur Lau, CFA - PineBridge Investments
Arthur Lau, CFA, CPA
Co-Head of EM Fixed Income and Head of Asian ex-Japan Fixed Income
PineBridge Investments, Hong Kong

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Recent Award5
Top 8 Most Astute Investors in Asian Local Currency Bonds and Highly Commended for Asia G3 Bonds in Hong Kong, The Asset Benchmark Research Awards, 2018

Omar Slim, CFA - PineBridge Investments
Omar Slim, CFA
Portfolio Manager, Fixed Income
PineBridge Investments, Singapore

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Recent Award5
Highly Commended, Most Astute Investor category, Asian G3 Bonds and Asian Local Currency Bonds in Singapore, The Asset Benchmark Research Awards, 2018



1J.P. Morgan and PineBridge as of 30 June 2018.
2PineBridge as of 31 August 2018.
3PineBridge has been awarded Top 8 Investment House for Asian G3 Bonds in Hong Kong in The Asset Benchmark Research Awards, 2018. Portfolio manager Arthur Lau has been awarded Top 8 Most Astute Investors in Asian Local Currency Bonds , and Highly Commended for Asia G3 Bonds in Hong Kong, while portfolio manager Omar Slim was Highly Commended, Most Astute Investor category, Asian G3 Bonds and Asian Local Currency Bonds in Singapore, The Asset Benchmark Research Awards, 2018. For details of methodology, please visit: https://www.theasset.com/research-project/asian-g3 and https://theasset.com/research-project/asian-local-currency. Third-party rankings and recognition from rating services or publications are no guarantee of future investment success. Working with a highly rated advisor does not ensure that a client or prospective client will experience a higher level of performance or results. Awards should not be construed as an endorsement of the advisor by any client nor are they representative of any one client’s evaluation. Generally, ratings, rankings, and recognition are based on information prepared and submitted by the advisor, and are part of a process in which not all advisors elect to participate.
4PineBridge Investments as of 30 September 2018. Includes local money market AUM for Hong Kong and Taiwan in this representation.
5Source: The Asset. For details of methodology, please visit: https://www.theasset.com/research-project/asian-g3 and https://theasset.com/research-project/asian-local-currency. Third-party rankings and recognition from rating services or publications are no guarantee of future investment success. Working with a highly rated advisor does not ensure that a client or prospective client will experience a higher level of performance or results. Awards should not be construed as an endorsement of the advisor by any client nor are they representative of any one client’s evaluation. Generally, ratings, rankings, and recognition are based on information prepared and submitted by the advisor, and are part of a process in which not all advisors elect to participate.