Asset Allocation: Credit where credit’s due

The surge of interest in new and varied forms of credit investments among pension funds and other institutional investors shows no signs of slowing down. The logic is clear – investors need to find ways to generate greater returns to counteract the deleterious effects of low interest rates, low inflation and rising life expectancy on their ability to meet their growing liabilities. But, amid the enthusiasm for credit, there are some important questions that pension funds need to consider: what is the real role of credit in a portfolio, what are the most attractive forms of credit, and how should they best implement credit strategies in their portfolio?

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