Navigating a negative rate world
The Fed is facing pressure to push rates towards zero, while the ECB is doubling down on its negative rate policy.
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Top 10 holdings as a percent of net assets as of 09/30/2019: Sonoco Products Co., 2.2%, 10/1/2019, 1.50%; U.S. Treasury Notes, 1.9%, 10/31/2022, 1.31%; Republic of Poland, 5.1%, 4/21/2021, 1.27%; Republic of Indonesia, 3.8%, 4/25/2022, 1.25%; U.S. Treasury Notes, 2.9%, 10/15/2021, 1.24%; U.S. Treasury Notes, 1.4%, 8/31/2026, 1.19%; U.S. Treasury Notes, 1.5%, 8/15/2020, 0.81%; Bunge Ltd. Finance Corp., 3.5%, 11/24/2020, 0.78%; iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF, 0.68%; Republic of Indonesia, 3.0%, 1/11/2023, 0.67%.
The Fund is managed by Ivy Investment Management Company. The total return strategy is sub-advised by Apollo Credit Management, LLC.
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