Compared to equities, bonds are generally considered to be less volatile and, subsequently, lower risk. But an era of financial repression, of austerity and massive stimulus spending has seen fixed income markets evolve rapidly, particularly in Europe, subverting traditional investment norms.

It’s a new world of lower liquidity, greater volatility, ultra-low yields for safe haven debt and companies that are ranked as being more secure than certain countries. All of which means it could be time for investors to rethink their fixed income allocations – to potentially look beyond ‘core’ holdings into more ‘opportunistic’ areas for income and returns.

BlackRock’s key fixed income funds include:

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