Convertible bonds are an attractive way to gain exposure to a prolonged market recovery with lower risk than equities. Although considered ‘exotic’ by some, convertible bonds are actually a standard asset class like bonds and equities. They play an important part in the financing cycle of companies and, as a significant part of a company’s balance sheet, investors who limit themselves to investing in traditional debt and equities are omitting an important asset class from their asset allocation.
We believe they deserve a place in a diversified asset allocation strategy.
In many ways, convertible bonds are similar to standard corporate bonds. They have all the typical features of debt instruments – but they give investors the option of exchanging the bond for a predetermined number of shares.