Years of low interest rates have prompted fixed-income investors to look beyond traditional sources of yield and consider whether illiquid assets can boost returns. But while this illiquidity premium is widely discussed and increasingly sought, it has been inadequately measured and investors lack an understanding of how it operates in different conditions.
In the first instalment of a two-part paper, we discuss our favoured approach to quantifying the illiquidity premium and assess its behaviour during different market cycles.
Khalid joined the international business of Federated Hermes in 2012 as a structurer for the Fixed Income team. He has extensive deal structuring, investment analysis and quantitative modelling experience in structured credit products, such as CLOs, CDOs and ABS. He has executed several European CLOs with various innovative structural features and successfully handled many complexities of end-to-end structuring at Deutsche Bank and Lehman Brothers. At Pearl Diver Capital, Khalid was responsible for designing quantitative trading strategies and proprietary portfolio and risk management platforms. He has developed bespoke structuring models, built pricing and valuation analytics, and analysed legal documentation for several transactions. Khalid graduated with a Master's degree in Financial Engineering from Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley; earned an MBA degree with a major in Finance from the Indian Institute of Management; and an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology.