The quest for yield comes at the price of more volatility, more downgrade risks and potentially more liquidity risks. Each of these events can translate into yield destruction that durably affects the performance of a bond portfolio, especially for constrained investors. Looking for quality, however, is expected to render those risks more remote at the price of lower yields, whereby such lower yields may not always materialise into lower performance. In his presentation, Olivier will cover the benefits of fixed income indices:
• Identifying advantages and drawbacks of bond indices versus single securities, and assessing the impact of index rules on yield capture
• Examining alternative indexing approaches that enhance such yield capture while retaining the advantages of broad benchmark indices
• Reviewing the case of yield seeking and quality oriented bond investors in the emerging markets sovereigns and IG corporate bond indices
After completing his Masters in Engineering Science at the Ecole Centrale in Paris and Financial Mathematics at the Technische Universität Berlin, Olivier Souliac worked for Deutsche Bank in London and Frankfurt in the structured funds and index funds division. The particular emphasis in this role was on the development and distribution of systematically managed funds, with a focus on fixed income solutions for institutional clients. Olivier Souliac became an active member of the Deutsche Bank Asset & Wealth Management division at the end of 2012, working in this same area of responsibility. In October 2014, Olivier joined the Strategic Beta team within Passive Asset Management and focuses on fixed income strategies.