Over 6,500 lines of data have been investigated, spanning back to 2004 to explore a comprehensive set of eight asset classes and their respective traits, highlighting return and volatility over various points in the cycle.
Most asset classes have earned strong total returns year to date and could continue to rally through year-end.
Investors may view emerging markets as particularly vulnerable to volatility, since the asset class typically sees outflows during times of market stress. However, emerging markets are not all one and the same.
Compared to investment grade bonds, corporate loans provide a sizeable yield pick-up and excellent risk-return characteristics relative to other credit instruments.