Vontobel Asset Management (Vontobel AM) has announced the expansion of its fixed income offering, including the appointment of Christian Hantel as senior portfolio manager and the launch of a new investment strategy.
Vontobel is set to launch a new new mid yield strategy, in addition to its existing credit offering. Mid Yield is one of the most attractive pockets within the credit markets,” said Mondher Bettaieb, head of Corporate Bonds and portfolio manager of the Vontobel Fund – EUR Corporate Mid Yield Bond. “Over the past decades, we have seen considerable growth in this investment universe due to significant credit rating migration, today making up nearly 70% of the global index. This allows us to identify attractive investment opportunities at the regional, sector and issuer level”.
Christian Hantel has been appointed as lead portfolio of the new mid yield strategy, he will be assisted by Mondher Bettaieb and Jamil Bouallai, portfolio manager and credit analyst. Hantel joins Vontobel from Swisscanto Asset Management, where he was responsible for global and euro credit portfolios, multi-currency mandates and also lead managed the Global Corporate Bond fund. Prior to that, he worked as head of Corporate Credit for BNY Mellon Asset Management with performance responsibility for approximately €6bn in corporate credit investment grade and crossover mandates.