The Risk Mitigation Advantage in Active Fixed-Income Management (2023)

The Risk Mitigation Advantage in Active Fixed-Income Management (1)

June 06, 2022

Report Highlights

  • In the long-running active vs. passive debate, the different characteristics and market structure for stocks and bonds help account for different performance outcomes.
  • Unlike in equities, where passive strategies have generally outperformed active managers, active fixed-income managers have generally outperformed passive strategies.
  • Risk mitigation is the real advantage of active fixed-income management. The opportunity set of investments outside of the fixed-income benchmark index, and the ability of managers to dial up or dial down risk, are not options for a passive strategy.
  • Alert active fixed-income managers can trade out of potential problems before they hurt client portfolios. We believe the next problem to address with active management is the leverage bubble in corporate debt. In particular, the disproportionately large BBB market poses a risk to the markets in the event of a wave of downgrades under the right recessionary scenario.
  • Using our own active portfolio management decisions as an example, this paper details how an active approach has the potential to outperform passive strategies over time.

Active vs. Passive: It’s Different for Bonds

The rising flow of capital from active managers into passive, index-tracking investment vehicles has been accompanied by a similar rise in the number of papers and articles that defend or attack both styles of management. The active versus passive debate has raged since Vanguard’s John Bogle introduced the first index fund in 1976, but now that nearly half of all U.S. stock fund assets are invested in mutual funds and exchange-traded funds that passively track indexes, some would say that the market has spoken and the matter is settled. The issue is not insignificant, for it speaks to the important decision that investors make when choosing to allocate their assets to different strategies. In this case, the choice between active management and passive management reflects an investor’s tolerance for risk, expectations for returns, and in many cases, preferences on fee structures.

Indeed, the flow of capital into passive structures has become pronounced in recent years, particularly for equities. The divergence in market demand and flows for mutual funds shows differing sentiment between equities and fixed income.

U.S. Equity: Cumulative Net Flows ($ billions)

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Taxable Fixed Income: Cumulative Net Flows ($ billions)

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Source: Guggenheim Investments, Morningstar as of 3.31.2022. Data represents trailing 10 years.

In institutional flows the story is similar. Passive equity strategies have had the upper hand in flows, while in fixed income, passive strategies have made some headway in attracting assets but active flows are still dominant.

Cumulative Institutional Flows–Equity ($ millions)

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Cumulative Institutional Flows– Fixed Income ($ millions)

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Source: Guggenheim Investments, eVestment. Data as of 3.31.2022.

While the flows data may seem conclusive, the choice between active and passive is not open and shut. The historical track record shows that for stocks, passive index-tracking vehicles have generally outperformed active managers.As the chart below shows, over the past 10 years, the average active large-cap equity fund manager has underperformed the benchmark index 86 percent of the time. In contrast, over the same 10-year period, the average active intermediate-term bond fund manager has outperformed its benchmark, the Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Bond Index (the Agg), 66percent of the time.

Trailing One-Year Total Return Percentile Rank of Index Within Respective Morningstar Category

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Morningstar as of 3.31.2022. Based on institutional share class. S&P 500 is compared against the Morningstar U.S. Fund Large Blend Category. Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Bond Index is compared against a combination of the Morningstar U.S. Fund Intermediate Core Bond and Morningstar U.S. Fund Intermediate Core-Plus Bond categories. Each line represents the performance ranking percentile of a respective benchmark relative to the funds in the aforementioned categories. The best performance ranking percentile is 1 percent, and the worst performance ranking percentile is 100 percent. If the benchmark’s performance ranking is below 50 percent, then the majority of funds underperformed the benchmark (bottom half, unshaded). Conversely, if the benchmark’s performance is above 50 percent, then the majority of funds outperformed the benchmark (top half, shaded).

Bonds and the Information Premium

There are a few reasons that help explain why the active vs. passive story for fixed-income is different than for stocks. First and most importantly, the particular characteristics and market structure for each type of security help account for contrasting performance outcomes.

The universe of listed stocks in the United States amounts to only about 3,600 companies, with a total market capitalization of approximately $30 trillion. All public companies report their financial results according to GAAP rules, generally with quarterly frequency, and comply with fair disclosure rules. Moreover, publicly traded equities generally have exchange-based price discovery on a continuous basis. This relative homogeneity and transparency of financial data, news disclosures, and market data makes the equity market as close to an efficient market as it gets. In addition, most equity indexes are market-capitalization weighted, so they reflect the proportional size of each company in the index. Thus, while there are talented active equity managers who have consistently outperformed the index—and deserve to get paid for the alpha they generate—the market structure of equities makes it more challenging to gain any information premium.

The fixed-income universe, on the other hand, is sprawling, diverse, and huge. With approximately $52trillion outstanding, it comprises 4.7 million non-matured CUSIPs as well as non-CUSIP debt instruments like bank loans. Most importantly, less than half of these securities are in the Agg, which is the primary index used to represent the broad U.S. fixed-income market.

Inclusion in the Agg requires that securities be U.S. dollar-denominated, investment-grade rated, fixed rate, taxable, and have above a minimum par amount of $300 million outstanding. At its inception in 1986, the Agg was a good proxy for the broad universe of fixed-income assets, which at the time primarily consisted of Treasurys, Agency bonds, Agency mortgage-backed securities (MBS), and investment-grade corporate bonds—all of which met the inclusion criteria. Sectors outside the Agg include many types of asset-backed securities (ABS), non-Agency residential MBS (RMBS), high-yield corporate bonds, leveraged loans, municipal bonds, and any security with a floating-rate coupon.

U.S. Fixed-Income Market

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Source: SIFMA, S&P LCD, Bloomberg. Excludes sovereigns, supranationals, and covered bonds. Data as of 9.30.2021.

Unlike investment-grade corporates, Treasurys, and Agency securities, the non-indexed sectors of the fixed-income market have a wide range of structures, documentation, and reporting protocols. In addition, it is an over-the-counter market where pricing is less transparent. The complexity of the deal structures and security-specific collateral of certain securities, such as commercial ABS, CLOs, and bank loans, require proactive and comprehensive credit and legal analysis. It takes significant resources to take advantage of the opportunities in the non-indexed part of the market, which helps to explain why active management can realize the value of the inherent information premium, but passive management cannot.

Problems With the Agg: Follow the Leverage

A second factor that accounts for the different outcomes for active management in stocks and bonds is the structure of the Agg itself. The Agg still has its usefulness, but the bond market has evolved over the past 30-plus years. Rather than reflect the fixed-income universe in its current composition, the eligibility rules of the Agg—and other indexes that form the basis of passive investing—reflect a weighting that is tilted towards the activities of the largest debtors. In the late 1970s and into the early 1980s, the largest debt issuers were utilities, partly because of the big expansion in building nuclear plants. In the early 1980s, they started to default. Fast forward to the late 1990s and early 2000s when the largest debt issuers were the dotcoms and telecoms, and many of the largest issuers—like Global Crossing and WorldCom—failed. In the mid-2000s, some of the largest issuers were banks and financial institutions, many of which failed in the financial crisis. An index-following passive strategy would have held onto these securities until they dropped out of the index, whereas an alert active manager would have had the ability to tradeout of these potential problems before they hurt client portfolios.

A decade of ultra-easy monetary policy has led corporate issuers to accumulate record levels of debt, making them vulnerable to downgrades when the turn in the business cycle arrives. The problem is most acute in the investment-grade market, where nearly one third of nonfinancial debt outstanding has been issued by firms whose leverage multiples are already consistent with a high-yield rating. We expect a material dislocation in credit markets when a wave of issuers lose their investment-grade status and become “fallen angels.”

BBB-Rated Debt Growth Has Outpaced Growth of Other Corporate Ratings

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Source: Guggenheim Investments, ICE Index Systems, BofA Merrill Lynch. Data as of 2.28.2022. Market size is based on debt outstanding in the ICE BofA Merrill Lynch Corporate Bond Index and the ICE BofA Merrill Lynch High Yield Index. Shaded areas represent recession.

The impact will be far-reaching due to the sheer size of the problem. The indexed corporate bond market has grown to around $6 trillion, of which more than $4 trillion is rated BBB. Due to the large size and deteriorating quality of U.S. investment-grade corporate debt outstanding, the risks posed by a slew of rating downgrades are more pronounced today than at any time in the past 30 years. Given the record size of the BBB market, the potential fallen angel volume under the right recessionary scenario is the largest ever, exceeding the volume of fallen angels in the last cycle by two to three times. Like past debt bubbles, we believe this will have far-reaching macroeconomic implications that remain underappreciated today. Unfortunately, passive investment strategies with no ability to invest beyond the index are vulnerable to this risk.

The other major issue that has arisen because of the Agg’s eligibility rules is that it is increasingly concentrated in Treasury and Agency securities, which have become a central part of the fixed-income landscape since the financial crisis. The sheer glut of Treasurys and their dominant representation in the Agg is unlikely to reverse anytime soon—the need to fund present and future government deficits is significant. Index investors are vulnerable to interest rate and duration risk at current low yields. Even modest increases in rates would be sufficient for passive fixed-income strategies to incur losses.

Moving beyond the benchmark not only expands the possible investment universe to include other sectors forrelative value, the diversification also enables an active manager to avoid problem sectors, particularly overindebted credits or unduly low-yielding categories. The flip side of more opportunity is greater risk avoidance.

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The Active Fixed-Income Management Advantage: Risk Mitigation

The broader set of investment options available in the fixed-income market partly explains why active managers have been able to beat passive benchmarks. But it is up to the skill of the active fixed-income manager to know where to find relative value in the market and how to avoid problems that might not be evident from the weighting of indexes. The combination of these two attributes—the greater opportunity set and the ability of managers to make the right choices—is what provides the real advantage of active fixed-income management: risk mitigation.

Active fixed-income managers have the ability to properly position their portfolios as risks emerge and trading opportunities develop in a way that is not permissible for a passive strategy. For example, the impact of rate and yield curve changes on long duration assets can be managed with active decisions around portfolio duration positioning. Active managers also can dial up or dial down credit exposure over the course of a business cycle where appropriate.In short, as an active manager without a tether to the benchmark, our goal is to position our portfolios to help protect client assets from drawdown risk by underweighting sectors that could negatively affect returns before anything happens. By definition, for passive fixed-income vehicles, this type of strategic positioning is simply not an option.

Risk mitigation is a central tenet of all active fixed-income investing because of the inherent difference in the return proposition of stocks versus bonds. In stocks, the goal is to try to find good companies whose value will appreciate over time—there are winners and losers, but a typical long investor is hoping for gains. If you pick the right stocks and market conditions are friendly, the upside can be rewarding. A passive strategy will reflect this general approach. For bonds, the risk and return is asymmetric. If an investor’s research is correct and everything goes as planned and no bonds default, over time the total return is the coupon and return of principal. The upside is limited, but the downside can be significant in the event of any deterioration in credit quality. For fixed-income investors, the object is to generate stable returns by playing what Charles Ellis famously termed a “loser’s game,” in which one wins by avoiding defaults and other “mistakes” rather than chasing returns.

As an example of how an active manager shifts allocations over the course of the cycle, the next chart shows the change in allocations in our Total Return Bond Fund over the course of the last cycle.

Total Return Bond Fund: Allocations Over Time

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Source: Guggenheim Investments. Data as of 3.31.2022. Data is subject to change on a daily basis. Past performance is not indicative of future results. Shown for illustrative purposes. 1. Short Term Investments include Commercial Paper, Cash, and T-Bills. 2. Other may consist of military housing bonds, derivatives, equities, mutual funds, and ETFs.

For comparison, the chart below shows the evolution in the Agg over the same period: Fewer colors/sectors, less movement….and as we will see later, lower returns to investors.

Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate: Allocations Over Time

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Source: Guggenheim Investments, Bloomberg. Data as of 3.31.2022. Shown for illustrative purposes.

While Treasury and Agency representation in the Agg was rising over the last cycle, and as BBB-rated investment-grade corporate debt has increased in proportion more recently, our active management was seeking relative value throughout the fixed-income universe and trying to avoid problem areas. Driven by a comprehensive global macroeconomic outlook coupled with a detailed assessment of sector, industry, security, liquidity, and regulatory trends, we made many allocation changes during the last 10 years, most recently reducing our exposure to corporate credit in response to record—and in our view unsustainable—levels of corporate debt. Be wary of active managers that are really “closet indexers.” These managers masquerading as active will not employ the strategies we illustrate here.

Another way to look at active vs. passive strategies, again using our own history, is presented in the table below. In the first quarter of 2016, our Total Return Bond Fund was in risk-on mode, with close to 80 percent of assets allocated to structured credit and corporate credit. Today, these sectors have been cut in half as our portfolio team has upgraded credit quality, built liquidity buffers, and shortened spread duration. Conversely, the Agg has not changed that much. In addition, as the Agg’s relative duration increases, so does its exposure to interest rate risk.

Total Return Bond Fund: Allocations Over Last Three Years

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Source: Guggenheim Investments. Data as of 3.31.2022. Allocations include cash and exclude hedges and leverage. Reflects the period 6.30.2016 through 3.31.2022. 1 Short Term Investments include Commercial Paper and Cash. 2 Other includes CDS, Equities, FX, Rates Derivative and Fixed Income - Other. 3 Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Bond Index.

Results Tip Toward Active Managers

There will be periods when the Agg will outperform an active fixed-income manager, but over a cycle a capable active manager should be able to find opportunity and avoid risk in order to seek better results for their clients.

While past performance is no guarantee of future results, our own experience versus the Agg is shown below.

Total Return Bond Fund: Growth of $10,000 as of 3.31.2021

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The hypothetical $10,000 investment assumes an investment on 12.1.2012 is plotted monthly, includes changes in share price and reinvestment of dividends and capital gains.

Guggenheim’s Scorecard: Total Return Bond Fund as of 3.31.2022

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Source: Guggenheim Investments, Bloomberg. 1 As of 3.31.2022. SEC 30-day yield is a standard yield calculation that allows for fairer comparisons of bond funds. It reflects dividends and interest (“income”) earned during the most recent 30-day period after the deduction of the fund’s expenses and is calculated by dividing the income per share by the maximum offering share price on the last day of the period. Unsubsidized SEC 30-day yield is what the yield would have been had no fee waivers and/or expense reimbursement been in place. 2 The advisor has contractually agreed to waive fees and expenses through 2.1.2023 to limit the ordinary operating expenses of the fund. Partial year returns are cumulative, not annualized. Returns reflect the reinvestment of dividends. The referenced index is unmanaged and not available for direct investment. Index performance does not reflect transaction costs, fees or expenses. Index data source: Bloomberg.

Performance displayed represents past performance which is no guarantee of future results. Investment returns and principal value will fluctuate so that when shares are redeemed, they may be worth more or less than original cost. Total returns reflect the reinvestment of all dividends. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted. For up-to-date fund performance, including performance current to the most recent month-end, please visit our website at

Concerns have been growing related to the liquidity mismatch between ETF shares and the bonds that they hold. In April 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Fixed-Income Market Structure Advisory Committee released a report on the investment implications for ETF and mutual fund investors under stressful market conditions. The report cited one study that suggested that “ETFs may lead to persistent price distortions of individual bonds from fundamentals, and excessive co-movements in returns of individual bonds.” The real-world experience of the impact of intra-day liquidity of ETFs during stressed markets is mixed, but during the Taper Tantrum of 2013 the outflows from ETFs led to significant yield movements (that subsequently reversed when market conditions calmed down).

In conclusion, rather than buying the benchmark and hoping for the best, we believe that fixed-income investors are better served allocating their assets to an active strategy.With mounting economic and market risks, this is no time to be an indexer. As active managers, we believe that deploying these risk mitigation strategies today will position investors to pick up undervalued credits during more opportune times.

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The Risk Mitigation Advantage in Active Fixed-Income Management? ›

Risk mitigation is the real advantage of active fixed-income management. The opportunity set of investments outside of the fixed-income benchmark index, and the ability of managers to dial up or dial down risk, are not options for a passive strategy.

What is risk mitigation in investing? ›

What is Risk Mitigation? Risk mitigation is about reducing risk. Every investment has risk, and the risk appetite of investors varies with their situation in life. Risk cannot be eliminated, but it can be managed by reducing the uncertainty surrounding a potential investment.

What are the benefits of active portfolio management? ›

Advantages of Active Bond Portfolio Management
  • Boost the tax-exempt income. One advantage of active bond portfolio management is the opportunity to boost the tax-exempt income within the portfolio. ...
  • Control the holding period of the bonds. Another major benefit is the ability to control the amount of time bonds are held.
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What is active and passive risk management? ›

Key Takeaways

Passive management replicates a specific benchmark or index in order to match its performance. Active management portfolios strive for superior returns but take greater risks and entail larger fees.

What is a fixed rate security? ›

A fixed-interest security is a debt instrument such as a bond, debenture, or gilt-edged bond that investors use to loan money to a company in exchange for interest payments. A fixed-interest security pays a specified rate of interest that does not change over the life of the instrument.

What are risk mitigation strategies? ›

Risk mitigation strategies are designed to eliminate, reduce or control the impact of known risks intrinsic with a specified undertaking, prior to any injury or fiasco. With these strategies in place, risks can be foreseen and dealt with.

What are three strategies for mitigating risk when investing in stocks? ›

Consider these investment strategies, which can help you reduce the risks associated with investing and potentially earn more consistent returns over time: Asset allocation. Portfolio diversification.

Why is active management better than passive? ›

“Active” Advantages

Among the benefits they see: Flexibility – because active managers, unlike passive ones, are not required to hold specific stocks or bonds. Hedging – the ability to use short sales, put options, and other strategies to insure against losses.

What are the main active bond portfolio management strategies? ›

Active strategies usually involve bond swaps, liquidating one group of bonds to purchase another group, to take advantage of expected changes in the bond market, either to seek higher returns or to maintain the value of a portfolio.

What is active portfolio management strategy? ›

Active portfolio strategy. A strategy that uses available information and forecasting techniques to seek better performance than a buy and hold portfolio.

What is active risk management? ›

Active Risk Management is the process of actively attempting to direct and control the possibility of loss in an investment portfolio.

What are active and passive bond management strategies? ›

Passive investing is for investors who want predictable income, while active investing is for investors who want to make bets on the future; indexation and immunization fall in the middle, offering some predictability, but not as much as buy-and-hold or passive strategies.

What is active return and active risk? ›

Active return is the component of a portfolio's return that results from active management i.e. the decision to overweight or underweight assets in the portfolio. It equals the difference between the portfolio return and the benchmark return. Active risk is the volatility i.e. standard deviation of active return.

What is fixed income and its types? ›

Fixed income securities are a type of debt instrument that provides returns in the form of regular, or fixed, interest payments and repayments of the principal when the security reaches maturity. The instruments are issued by governments, corporations, and other entities to finance their operations.

What is characteristics of fixed income security? ›

The basic features of a bond include the issuer, maturity, par value (or principal), coupon rate and frequency, and currency denomination. Issuers of bonds include supranational organizations, sovereign governments, non-sovereign governments, quasi-government entities, and corporate issuers.

Why fixed income is called fixed income? ›

'Fixed income' is a broad asset class that includes government bonds, municipal bonds, corporate bonds, and asset-backed securities such as mortgage-backed bonds. They're called 'fixed income' because these assets provide a return in the form of fixed periodic payments.

What is the importance of risk mitigation? ›

Here's why risk mitigation is important: – A robust risk mitigation plan helps establish procedures to avoid risks, minimize risks, or reduce the impact of the risks on organizations. – It guides organizations on how they can bear and control risks. This helps a business in achieving its objectives.

What are the four types of risk mitigation? ›

There are four common risk mitigation strategies, that typically include avoidance, reduction, transference, and acceptance.

What are the examples of risk mitigation? ›

Risk mitigation can also be thought of as risk control. For example, regular maintenance of a machine can help you control the risk of breakdowns. This preventative effort to mitigate or control risk costs money or resources. However, the cost of reacting to risk can end up being much higher.

How do you mitigate financial risks? ›

To best confront and resolve these challenges to your financial close processes there are five best practices you can observe and follow.
  1. Avoid Your Own Status Quo. ...
  2. Understand Your Risk Profile. ...
  3. Ensure a Solid Financial Risk Mitigation Foundation. ...
  4. Know Where Your Money is Going. ...
  5. Leverage the Right Financial Close Technology.

How can you minimize the risk from your investments in bonds? ›

Interest-Rate Changes
  1. The market value of the bonds you own will decline if interest rates rise. ...
  2. Don't buy bonds when interest rates are low or rising. ...
  3. Stick to short- and intermediate-term issues. ...
  4. Acquire bonds with different maturity dates to diversify your bond holdings.

How do you mitigate equity risk? ›

Mitigating equity risk to the fullest extent possible involves holding multitudes of stocks and asset classes and doing so in meaningful allocations across the spectrum of global equity opportunities.

Why active management is used? ›

In addition, active management is used to modify risk and create less volatility than the benchmark. Active management aims to generate better returns than a benchmark, usually some sort of a market index. Unfortunately, a majority of active managers are unable able to consistently outperform passively managed funds.

Do you think passive or active bond management is better in today's investing environment? ›

Actively managed funds have more fees because they have more turnover which means more maintenance. Passively managed funds have fewer fees because they have less turnover which means less maintenance. Index funds are passively managed, and in general perform better than actively managed funds over time.

What is the difference between passive and active funds? ›

Active investments are funds run by investment managers who try to outperform an index over time, such as the S&P 500 or the Russell 2000. Passive investments are funds intended to match, not beat, the performance of an index.

How do you manage a fixed income portfolio? ›

Methods for leveraging fixed-income portfolios include the use of futures contracts, swap agreements, repurchase agreements, structured financial instruments, and security lending. Taxes can complicate investment decisions in fixed-income portfolio management.

How does a bond portfolio management strategy help the investors or business entity? ›

Bond portfolio management strategies can help investors get the most of their portfolio, by actively managing fixed income investments to ensure maximum returns. These strategies include interest rate anticipation, sector rotation and security selection.

What is the risk to investors on bonds that have a call feature quizlet? ›

Bonds that have a call feature​ are: risky for investors because the issuer can buy​ (call) the bonds back and issue new bonds at a lower interest rate. bond's price will decline in response to an increase in interest rates.

What is one of key elements in an active investment strategy? ›

Once you know that, you can start to build an investment strategy that will help you reach your objective with the least amount of risk possible. We find that most successful approaches include these four elements: effective diversification, active management of asset allocation, cost efficiency and tax efficiency.

What are the active strategies? ›

An active investment strategy involves using the information acquired by expert stock analysts to actively buy and sell stocks with specific characteristics. The goal is to beat the results of the indices and general stock market with higher returns and/or lower risk.

What is active portfolio management example? ›

For example, active portfolio managers, whose benchmark is the Standard and Poor's 500 index, will attempt to generate returns that outperform the index. They will do this by over-weighting certain industries or securities – essentially allocating more to specific sectors than the index does.

What is an active risk assessment? ›

Active risk is a type of risk that a fund or managed portfolio creates as it attempts to beat the returns of the benchmark against which it is compared. Risk characteristics of a fund versus its benchmark provide insight on a fund's active risk.

What is active factor risk? ›

Active factor risk is the risk due to portfolio's different-than-benchmark exposures relative to factors specified in the risk model. Active specific risk are risks resulting from the portfolio's active weights on individual assets. It is also known as asset selection risk.

What are the two main types of passive bond portfolio management strategies? ›

Two commonly followed strategies by passive bond investors are”: buy and hold strategy and indexing strategy. Buy and Hold Strategy: An investor who follows a buy and hold strategy selects a bond portfolio and stays with it.

What are the different types of bonds? ›

There are five main types of bonds: Treasury, savings, agency, municipal, and corporate. Each type of bond has its own sellers, purposes, buyers, and levels of risk vs. return. If you want to take advantage of bonds, you can also buy securities that are based on bonds, such as bond mutual funds.

What are passive bonds? ›

A bond without any interest yield.

What is the return due to active management? ›

Active return is the percentage gain or loss of an investment relative to the investment's benchmark. A benchmark might be market comprehensive, such as the Standard and Poor's 500 Index (S&P 500), or sector-specific, such as the Dow Jones U.S. Financials Index.

What is active risk acceptance? ›

Risk Acceptance is a risk response strategy whereby the project team decides to acknowledge the risk and not take any action unless the risk occurs. This a good way of handling the if you have assessed the probability and impact of the risk.

What is a good active return? ›

The active return can be positive or negative, depending on whether it overperforms or underperforms the market. For example, if the benchmark is 5% and the actual return of a portfolio is 5.5%, the portfolio is said to have a positive active return of 0.5%.

What are the advantages of fixed income? ›

What are the potential benefits of fixed income? Fixed income is broadly understood to carry lower risk than stocks. This is because fixed income assets are generally less sensitive to macroeconomic risks, such as economic downturns and geopolitical events.

What are the regulations and risks involved with fixed income security? ›

Fixed income risks occur due to the unpredictability of the market. Risks can impact the market value and cash flows from the security. The major risks include interest rate, reinvestment, call/prepayment, credit, inflation, liquidity, exchange rate, volatility, political, event, and sector risks.

What is fixed income example? ›

Treasury bonds and bills, municipal bonds, corporate bonds, and certificates of deposit (CDs) are all examples of fixed-income products.

What are the classification of fixed income security? ›

Bonds can be classified according to their maturity, as follows: Short-term bonds have a maturity of one to three years. Medium-term bonds have a maturity of three to ten years. Long-term bonds have a maturity of more than ten years.

What are the benefits of investing in fixed income securities? ›

Benefits of Investing in Fixed Income Securities
  • Stable Returns. One of the primary benefits of investing in fixed income securities is the stability of returns that they offer. ...
  • Safety of Investment. The invested capital in a fixed income security is at lower risk when compared to investment in equities.
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What are fixed income instruments? ›

Fixed income instruments are financial instruments that offer assured returns along with capital protection. They are latent to market volatility and offer a fixed rate of interest throughout the investment period.

Are fixed income funds safe? ›

Fixed income is generally considered to be a more conservative investment than stocks, but bonds and other fixed income investments still carry a variety of risks that investors need to be aware of. Diversification can be a good way to minimize many of the risks inherent in fixed income investing.

Why would a risk taker type of investor prefer equities over fixed income? ›

Equity markets offer higher expected returns than fixed-income markets, but they also carry higher risk. Equity market investors are typically more interested in capital appreciation and pursue more aggressive strategies than fixed-income market investors.

How do you mitigate risk in a portfolio? ›

6 ways to reduce investment risk on your portfolio
  1. Handle asset allocation properly.
  2. Diversify your investment.
  3. Monitor your investments regularly.
  4. Identify your risk tolerance capacity.
  5. Maintain adequate liquidity.
  6. Invest through the rupee-cost averaging method.
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How do you mitigate capital risk? ›

So, your job when seeking capital is to reduce the investor or lender's risk as much as possible.
5 Ways to Minimize Risk for Investors
  1. Build a board of advisors. ...
  2. Secure beta customers. ...
  3. Forge partnerships. ...
  4. Secure publicity. ...
  5. Generate revenue.
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How do you mitigate equity risk? ›

Mitigating equity risk to the fullest extent possible involves holding multitudes of stocks and asset classes and doing so in meaningful allocations across the spectrum of global equity opportunities.

How do you manage risk in investing? ›

To manage risk, you should invest in a diversified portfolio of different investments. You should allocate your capital to different asset classes according to your desired risk-return profile. Dollar-cost averaging removes the risk of timing the market wrongly.

What can investors do to mitigate the high risk associated with high returns? ›

The good news is, there's plenty of ways to minimise the level of risk you take on when investing - here's how.
  • Have a diversified portfolio of investments. ...
  • Know your investment goals. ...
  • Keep a close eye on your investments. ...
  • Watch out for scammers. ...
  • Start tracking your investments with Sharesight.
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Why measuring risk is important in investment? ›

The level of risk associated with a particular investment or asset class typically correlates with the level of return the investment might achieve. The rationale behind this relationship is that investors willing to take on risky investments and potentially lose money should be rewarded for their risk.

Why would a risk averse type of investor prefer fixed income over equities? ›

A risk averse investor tends to avoid relatively higher risk investments such as stocks, options, and futures. They prefer to stick with investments with guaranteed returns and lower-to-no risk. These investments include, for example, government bonds and Treasury bills.

What are risk mitigating milestones? ›

A “risk mitigating milestone” is an event that when completed, makes your company more likely to succeed. For example, for a restaurant, some of the “risk mitigating milestones” would include: Finding the location. Getting the permits and licenses. Building out the restaurant.

What are the 4 types of market risk? ›

Summary. The term market risk, also known as systematic risk, refers to the uncertainty associated with any investment decision. The different types of market risks include interest rate risk, commodity risk, currency risk, country risk.

How the risk is managed in financial markets? ›

Essentially, risk management occurs when an investor or fund manager analyzes and attempts to quantify the potential for losses in an investment, such as a moral hazard, and then takes the appropriate action (or inaction) given the fund's investment objectives and risk tolerance. Risk is inseparable from return.


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