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CFA, Head of Fixed Income – Public Markets, Federated Hermes Limited
Fraser joined in February 2010 and is Head of Fixed Income – Public Markets and lead manager on the range of credit strategies. Based in London, he is responsible for leading the strategic development of the Credit platform and investment teams, offering solutions accessing all areas of the global credit markets. Prior to this, he was at Fortis Investments, where he was responsible for European High Yield. Fraser graduated from the University of Aberdeen with an MA (Hons) in Economics; he earned an MSc in Investment Analysis from the University of Stirling and is a CFA charterholder. In 2017, Fraser joined the board of CFA UK, a member society of the CFA Institute, where he also sits on their Sustainability Steering Committee, as well as the Professionalism Steering Committee overseeing the society’s advocacy and thought leadership work. He has previously featured in the Financial News’ ‘40 Under 40 Rising Stars of Asset Management’, an editorial selection of the brightest up-and-coming men and women in the industry, and was also named as one of the top 10 star fund managers of tomorrow by the Daily Telegraph. Other notable accolades have come from Citywire Americas, which named Fraser number one in their global high yield manager review, and InvestmentEurope and Investment Week, which both named the Federated Hermes Multi-Strategy Credit Fund top global bond fund at their respective 2017 Fund Manager of the Year Awards.
In this inaugural report, we delve into what makes the Federated Hermes Climate Change High Yield Credit strategy unique. As well as introducing our process and team, the report provides an overview of our proprietary Climate Change Impact (CCI) score, complete with portfolio examples to illustrate the scoring system in practice.
Our 2021 Annual Report outlines how the SDG Engagement High Yield Credit strategy delivered on its colinear objectives: strong financial performance for investors, and future, positive social and environmental impact contributing to achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
Slower growth rates, tighter labour markets, higher inflation and normalising monetary policies provides the classic backdrop to a great rotation from growth to value stocks. But, as we discuss in this edition of Spectrum, this cycle looks different compared to anything we have seen in decades.
In this Credit Pulse, we use analysis from our February Credit Strategy Meeting (CSM) and discuss the challenges we see arising in the markets and how the expectations formed a few months ago are challenged in the present environment.