Absolute Return

Record low bond yields, concerns about rising inflation and the desire to increase diversification are causing investors to look beyond traditional index based products for their fixed income portfolio. Absolute return bond fixed income strategies can provide a robust solution.

Our BMO Global Absolute Return Bond fund has a long-bias, with the flexibility to go short rates and credit. This provides greater flexibility and downside protection.

Focusing on shorter dated maturities reduces the impact of business and credit cycles. High diversification to individual issuers reduces the likelihood of a shock.

Learn more about this sophisticated solution for investors looking for greater certainty of outcome in today’s low-yield environment.

BMO AM Global Absolute Return Bond Fund
Simplicity
  • Daily dealing return target: Cash +4%
  • Strategic decisions by experienced market professionals
  • Liquid investment strategy with daily dealing
Flexibility
  • Unconstrained approach creates a wide opportunity set independent of traditional indices
  • Ability to create positive returns in a negative market environment
Greater certainty
  • Focus on shorter dated maturities reduces the cyclicality of the returns
  • Combination of bottom up an top down strategies to produce a smoother return profile

How benefits are achieved

We combine global credit with thematic overlays to build an absolute return portfolio. Our strategy assembles diverse sources of returns within a disciplined risk management framework. Each element contributes to the return and enhances risk diversification.

  •  The core portfolio seeks to capture credit market premia without exposing the fund to significant cyclical risk.
  •  Focus on short duration (lower volatility) securities that the manager would typically hold to maturity.
  •  This approach keeps transaction costs low, posing less of a drag on returns.
  •  Thematic strategies are included in order to generate additional return and to increase diversification.
  •  Each strategy is managed independently by a specialist team to facilitate lower correlation.
  •  The currency and rates portfolios use derivatives to express investment views for greater flexibility.
  •  The stock/sector strategy focuses on shorter term ideas and positions.

The Asset Allocation committee takes responsibility for:

  • Setting the risk of the overall portfolio ensuring the strategy is appropriately positioned across the key return drivers
  • The team take a medium term cyclical approach with a key focus on minimising the potential for losses.
  •  The core portfolio seeks to capture credit market premia without exposing the fund to significant cyclical risk.
  •  Focus on short duration (lower volatility) securities that the manager would typically hold to maturity.
  •  This approach keeps transaction costs low, posing less of a drag on returns.
  •  Thematic strategies are included in order to generate additional return and to increase diversification.
  •  Each strategy is managed independently by a specialist team to facilitate lower correlation.
  •  The currency and rates portfolios use derivatives to express investment views for greater flexibility.
  •  The stock/sector strategy focuses on shorter term ideas and positions.

The Asset Allocation committee takes responsibility for:

  • Setting the risk of the overall portfolio ensuring the strategy is appropriately positioned across the key return drivers
  • The team take a medium term cyclical approach with a key focus on minimising the potential for losses.

Global rates and money markets

High yield

Investment grade credit

Emerging market debt

Multi strategy

Dealing

Solutions

BMO AM Global Absolute Return

Keith Patton
Global Head of Unconstrained Fixed Income, BMO Global Asset Management
Ian Robinson
Co-lead Head of Credit

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