With yields on fixed income portfolios near all-time lows, COVID-19 has added to the investment challenges facing many individual investors and organizations.

Investment Counsellor Philip Doyle and Portfolio Manager James Arnold address the challenges and opportunities currently facing fixed income investors. In a conversation fitting for individual, not-for-profit, and institutional investors, they break down bonds, examine the pandemic’s effect on credit markets, and explore why Burgundy focuses on a company’s balance sheet.

Highlights of the session include:

  • 01:33: The different sectors in fixed income
  • 6:42: Interest rates, credit markets, and the impact of COVID-19
  • 11:12: Micro-level risks in bonds and why we focus on: (1) a company’s balance sheet and (2) a management team’s attitude towards capital allocation

For an alternate format, access the transcript via the “Download PDF” link at the top of this post. The transcript has been edited for clarity.

James Arnold

James Arnold, CFA

Vice President, Portfolio Manager

Philip Doyle

Philip Doyle, CFA

Vice President, Investment Counsellor

If you would like to see the full video to learn about the following, among other discussion points, please contact us:

  • Why we believe active credit management is where the best opportunities lie in fixed income today
  • How can fixed income help meet an investor’s objective?


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