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Andy Sparks

Andy Sparks
Head of Fixed Income Research Strategies

About the Contributor

Andy Sparks is a Managing Director and Head of Fixed Income Research Strategies. Previously, Andy was responsible for Technical Product Management for multi-asset products. Prior to joining MSCI, he was Head of Product Management at Barclays Capital for the POINT portfolio analytics platform. He had joined Lehman Brothers in 1995, serving in a number of senior positions. Andy has an M.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in Economics from UCLA.

Blog posts by Andy Sparks

  1. With employment generally strengthening and inflationary pressures rising, fixed income markets are increasingly focused on central banks tapering bond purchases and ultimately retiring their quantitative easing (QE) programs. Key questions now facing institutional investors include: What has been the impact of the QE programs? How much of this impact could be reversed as the programs are eventually wound down?

  2. Convertible bonds have “bonds” in their name but in reality they are complicated corporate securities with risk characteristics that often have little to do with straight bonds. Are they more like stocks or bonds? And how can investors evaluate and model them?

  3. With average purchases of €7.8 billion ($8.7 billion) per month, the European Central Bank’s corporate bond buying program (CSPP) has become a major driver in the market. But will the program deliver on a core goal of funneling new lending to the private sector? If not, ECB support for the program could weaken and the program could be scaled back or terminated.

  4. Understanding the performance of credit portfolios is essential in explaining a strategy’s merits to clients and prospects.

  5. Asset managers look at both risk and return in their portfolios. However, it is not always so easy to report and analyze risk and performance attribution on the same platform and along the same dimensions. This type of integrated ex‐ante and ex-post analysis can be carried out in BarraOne, MSCI’s multi‐asset class, multi‐currency, risk and performance analysis platform.

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