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Government Bonds:
A Natural Choice

Trusted Diversification | Stable Income | Capital Preservation

Reaching The Peak – Are We There Yet?

As we approach the eagerly anticipated end of the rate hiking cycle, investors are considering how to position portfolios for what comes next.

While time will tell whether central banks reached the top of the cycle in November 2023, investors who wait for the first rate cut for confirmation could stand to miss out on the potential for typically strong bond returns that often materialise in the preceding period.

Regardless of the path ahead for cash rates, government bonds remain a vital diversifier, particularly in times of uncertainty where a source of reliable government-backed income, liquidity and capital preservation can provide a strong foundation for portfolios.


Source: Bloomberg. As at May 2024.

Why Government Bonds?

Charlie Jamieson, Chief Investment Officer discusses how government bonds can be a valuable source of stable, government-guaranteed income, offering capital preservation, as well as a reliable source of liquidity during financial market crises.

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Government bonds are a natural choice for defensive allocations in an investment portfolio, given they provide stable income with capital preservation and they are backed by the consistency of government cash flows.

This makes them a very solid foundation in building out a diversified portfolio and they can be a wonderful source of liquidity in moments of crisis, as we saw in early 2020 in the COVID period.

That's important as we come around into 2024 with, obviously, interest rate hikes being broadly complete the world over after an enormous interest rate hiking cycle.

Inflation is now moderating the world over after a huge COVID peak, but that is coming down consistently around the world. The lag effects from monetary policy interest rate hikes are still coming into economies, slowing economic activity, making this a dynamic cycle.

For investors, it is offering a wonderful opportunity to reestablish government bond allocations with yields significantly higher than we've seen back to almost the GFC period.

It's important to think this through in a forward context because as the economy slows, the government bond market is very likely to move ahead of actual policy interest rate cuts, should they materialise.

So, waiting for certainty about peak cash rates after such a large cycle might mean that you're missing out on those easy initial returns.

Benefits Of Investing In Government Bonds

A source of capital preservation and stable income, backed by government

A trusted source of liquidity in all market conditions

A hedge against the riskier parts of investors’ portfolios


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An Experienced Team Of Bond Specialists

Founded in 2013, Jamieson Coote Bonds is a privately owned specialist high grade bond manager, focused on providing investors with genuine portfolio defence and liquidity across all market cycles, with a suite of actively managed government bond portfolios.

Jamieson Coote Bonds’ business is investment led and centred around actively managing high grade bonds for the long term to produce superior risk-adjusted returns for investors, aiming to be the manager of choice for investors seeking a true defensive and disaggregated fixed income allocation within portfolios.

“At JCB, our singular focus is on carefully selecting and actively managing bond portfolios of the highest quality for our clients.”

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are bonds?

Bonds are simply a legal ‘IOU’ where an investor (lender) loans money to a Government or Firm (issuer) in exchange for a predetermined interest rate of return, known as the coupon rate. When the bond matures, assuming no default from the issuer, the principal is returned to the lender.

What is a coupon?

The coupon rate is the percentage of a bond’s principal which is paid to lender on a pre-defined frequency, usually semi-annually.

Why do people invest in bonds?

Depending on the quality of the bond issuer, bonds can provide diversification to investment portfolios because of their typically low/negative correlation to equities, stable income, capital preservation and their potential to remain liquid during crisis.

How does inflation affect bonds?

Inflation erodes the purchasing power of a bond’s future cash flows. Higher inflation may lead to higher interest rates from central banks which can reduce the price of existing bonds.

Why are government bonds called risk-free?

Government bonds are considered “risk-free” because they’re backed by the full faith and credit of the issuing government. This means the government guarantees to repay the bond’s principal and coupons, making default highly unlikely. That said, not all nations are necessarily stable, making issuer selection a critical consideration.

What is duration?

Duration represents a weighted-average of the cash-flows over the life of a bond. Measured in years, it gives the investor an idea of the time over which the yield will play out. It can also provide a sense of a bond’s estimated sensitivity to a standard ±1% change in interest rates. For each year of duration, a percentage increase in rates will reduce a bond’s price by a percent.

What happens to bonds when interest rates change?

Bond prices and interest rates tend to move in opposite directions. So, when interest rates rise, a bond’s price tends to fall (and vice versa). If , for example, you held a bond that pays a 4% interest rate, and rates rise, that original 4% may no longer look as attractive when compared to other market offerings.

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