Finding Bonds Yielding Between 4% to 9%

The head of retail fixed income at Henderson, John Pattullo, explains his bond investment strategy

Alanna Petroff 15 May, 2012 | 1:04PM
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Finding quality bonds that are yielding between 4% to 9% is an achievable goal right now, says John Pattullo, head of retail fixed income at Henderson Global Investors.

The fixed income fund manager says there are many bonds in the market offering decent yields, which are safer and more desirable compared to high-yield bond offerings from troubled periphery countries such as Italy, Ireland and Spain.

The current focus is on bonds issued by companies in the middle of the credit rating curve, said Pattullo. He is not interested in the low yields of triple- and double-A rated companies. Nor is he interested in companies with triple-C ratings. Instead, he generally likes triple-B, double-B and some single-B rated companies. Specifically, Pattullo says he is invested in the media company Kabel Deutschland in Germany, which is yielding roughly 5% to 6%, and is a solid company operating in a stable country. He is also investing in corporate bonds coming from the US, UK and other core European nations.

Pattullo outlined his views on the global economy and his investment strategy at the sixth annual Morningstar Investment Conference in London.

Follow the conference live on Twitter #MICUK2012. The Conference runs from May 15 - 16, 2012.

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