Meet the Manager: Pendal Group

BDO Private Wealth are pleased to have Amy Xie Patrick of Pendal Group join us for the fourth instalment of Meet the Manager.

BDO Private Wealth is pleased to have Amy's Xie Patrick from the Pendal Monthly Income Plus fund join us in this instalment of Meet the Manager.

Amy joined Pendal Group in February 2017 and is a portfolio manager leading Pendal’s suite of income strategies. Before joining Pendal, Amy was a fund manager with F&C Asset Management in the UK, where she managed a range of credit and income portfolios. She  has experience as a market maker in emerging market fixed-income securities with Citigroup global markets in London.

The Pendal Monthly Income Plus fund has been operating since 2009, established as a response to challenges faced by investors in the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC). 

Investment philosophy and approach

The investment philosophy of the fund is centred around generating defensive income and defensive returns. This branches off  a broader fixed-income philosophy, that investors should be relying on a fixed-income approach to generate a stable level of income for their portfolios, as well as to provide some diversification from other holdings that they may have.

Pendal's approach to investing always starts with what's most important to clients. The objective of many of their clients is to avoid the surprise of poor returns in challenging market conditions. To meet these kinds of objectives, the investment approach must  be active. This means Pendal needs to design portfolios with the right levers in order to weather the entire market cycle.

Where are interest rates heading?

The markets have priced quite a steep path of hikes for the RBA, with the cash rate expected to peak at about 4 per cent. Australia has a very heavy debt load, particularly among households, and a lot of mortgages are tied to floating rates. There is a fair bit of anxiety for individuals as to just how high the RBA can hike. “Personally, I think that 4% being priced into the market is not beyond stretches for the imagination, but at the same time, such a high cash rate for the economy is likely to generate stresses elsewhere,” Amy said. 

“What's important to remember is that as cash rates go up, such an environment does not guarantee losses for government bonds further out the curve.” 

To learn more about Pendal Monthly Income Plus Fund, watch the full interview now.

Should you wish to discuss how your portfolio is positioned in the context of your investment objectives and market risks, please speak to your local BDO Private Wealth adviser.


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