2022 Credit Outlook Reports

  • Inflation - Reversion to the mean - Headline inflation is surging after years of dormancy. Longer-term expectations should remain anchored, but the re-emergence of new variants runs the risk of extending some supply constraints in the short-term. In Australia, we believe inflation will be more subdued relative to global peers mainly because some factors that have strengthened headline inflation in the Northern Hemisphere--particularly energy prices and rents--are likely to be less pronounced locally.

  • Interest Rates - Turning off the liquidity tap - 2022 should herald the concluding phases of the end to ultra-loose monetary policies deployed by central banks since the onset of the pandemic. The Federal Reserve turns hawkish as inflation becomes increasingly ‘less-transitory’, but the central bank from Down Under remains steadfastly dovish…for now.

  • Foreign Exchange - RBA holds most of the cards - The Reserve Bank of Australia’s relatively dovish stance on interest rates is likely to be one of the main drivers for the Australian dollar in 2022, but an aggressive US Federal Reserve could also influence the local currency’s fortunes. If the RBA does not hike rates as markets are anticipating, or the US Federal Reserve signals an even tighter response, there is a real prospect of currency weakness, at least in the short-term but overall, would see more arguments in favour of a stronger Australian dollar throughout 2022.

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Conservative Portfolio

This portfolio has 10 securities with weightings between 7.69% and 12.24%, yielding 4.87% pa*. It is designed for investors wanting a 100% allocation of investment grade bonds. The returns shown are based on ~$470,000 investment. $50,000 is the minimum amount that can be invested with FIIG.

5.69% p.a.^

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This portfolio has 16 securities with weightings between 3.80% and 10.45%, yielding 5.69% pa*. It is designed for investors wanting higher yield than a solely investment grade portfolio by taking measured credit risk. The returns shown are based on ~$565,000 investment. $50,000 is the minimum amount that can be invested with FIIG.

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This portfolio has 17 securities with weightings between 4.53% and 8.39%, yielding 7.75% pa*. It is designed for investors seeking a higher return and who are comfortable with a corresponding increase in credit risk. The returns shown are based on a ~$520,000 investment. $50,000 is the minimum amount that can be invested with FIIG.

^Pricing as of 30 April 2022. Subject to change.

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Source: Gross returns for 20 years to 30 June 2020. Vanguard Investments Australia Ltd

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