Erin Bigley, CFA

Erin Bigley, CFA

Senior Portfolio Manager—Fixed Income

19 Years at AB
16 Years of experience

Erin Bigley is a Senior Portfolio Manager for the Fixed Income team and is a member of the firm’s Responsible Investment Committee, as well as the Municipal Impact Investment Policy Group. She joined AB in 1997 and previously served as a portfolio manager and trader for global and Canadian bond strategies. Bigley also spent two years based in London as the global head of fixed income business development for institutional clients. She is the coauthor of “LDI: Reducing Downside Risk with Global Bonds,” published in The Journal of Investing. Bigley holds a BS in civil engineering from Villanova University and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management. She is a CFA charterholder. Location: New York

Do You Know Where Your Global Bond Money Goes?
The Perils of Passive with Global Bonds

The Perils of Passive with Global Bonds

by Erin Bigley

The quick fix for rising US interest rates is to go global with your bond portfolio. But not so quick! You’ve got to be choosy—and you can’t do that with a passive approach. You need flexibility with your exposures to take advantage of opportunities and manage downside risks.

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CRTS: An Income Diversifier Worth Knowing
High-Income 2017 Outlook: Rosy or Rough?
Hedged Global Bonds Protect and Provide

Hedged Global Bonds Protect and Provide

by Erin Bigley

Worried about heightened market volatility? It’s true that there are some known unknowns ahead: US elections, earnings season, Deutsche Bank, a potential interest-rate hike. Nonetheless, it’s important to maintain interest-rate exposure. But we like to take that exposure through the global bond market, not just the US bond market.

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Gained in Translation: How to Turn Negative Yields Positive
Five Questions Canadian Investors Are Asking
For Canadian Pension Funds, It’s Time to Go Global

LDI: More on Going Global in Bonds

by Douglas J. Peebles, Alison Martier, Ivan Rudolph-Shabinsky, Erin Bigley

For liability-driven investors, exposure to global bonds offers important benefits: a strong correlation to domestic debt, with greatly reduced volatility. However, these are not the only positives. Today, we’ll look at some other important benefits—such as greatly expanding the investable universe and offering a natural hedge against the tail risk of a domestic credit crisis—and then examine some of the practicalities of introducing global bond allocations within an LDI framework.

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LDI: How Large an Allocation to Global Bonds?

by Douglas J. Peebles, Ivan Rudolph-Shabinsky, Alison Martier, Erin Bigley

Liability-driven investors can reap significant benefits from globalizing their long-duration bond portfolios, but how much should they sow? How large an allocation to nondomestic bonds is appropriate? Our research suggests that even a modest allocation can meaningfully improve an LDI portfolio’s risk-adjusted return potential.

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LDI: The Case for Going Global in Bonds

by Douglas J. Peebles, Ivan Rudolph-Shabinsky, Alison Martier, Erin Bigley

Despite compelling evidence in favor of global diversification, investors in many markets around the world continue to have a strong “home bias”—a preference for domestic over foreign assets. Nowhere is this tendency more apparent than in the ranks of liability-driven investors. But our research shows that LDI investors, too, can reap significant benefits from going global.

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