Carmignac P. Flexible Bond : Letter from the Fund Managers

  • +0.77%
    Carmignac P. Flexible Bond’s performance

    in the 1st quarter of 2023 for the A EUR Share class

  • +1.69%
    Reference indicator’s performance

    in the 1st quarter of 2023 for ICE BofA ML Euro Broad index (EUR)

  • -0.92%
    Relative performance of the Fund Year

    to date versus its reference indicator

Carmignac Portfolio Flexible Bond gained 0.77% (class A shares) in the first quarter of 2023, slightly underperforming its reference indicator (ICE BofA ML Euro Broad Index (EUR)), which added 1.69%.

The Bond Market Today

Bond markets were highly volatile in Q1 2023 and moved in two distinct phases: first, they rallied early in the year on a stream of upbeat news, but then retreated as investors became more risk averse owing to higher-than-expected inflation readings and a rise in banking-sector risk.

In the first phase, which took place in January, investors were cheered by the encouraging combination of China’s reopening, disinflation in Europe and the US, resilient economic data, and reassuring earnings releases from issuers. In addition, the accommodative tone adopted by both Jerome Powell and Christine Lagarde, based on their economies’ disinflationary trajectories, also fuelled investors’ risk appetite.

Unfortunately, that changed in February when data on GDP growth and inflation ran counter to hopes of improved visibility. Not only did inflation come in above analysts’ forecasts in both Europe and the US, but the higher inflation was driven primarily by the services component. In the US, unemployment and retail-sales figures still pointed to a clearly overheating economy. While these data pushed out the timing for a possible US recession, they also fed worries that the US Federal Reserve would turn out to be less accommodative than expected. March delivered the final blow to the financial-market euphoria as the initial effects of monetary-policy tightening began to appear. For instance, banking-sector risk came back onto the scene when three US regional lending institutions went bankrupt during the month, triggering broad concern among market participants. What’s more, contagion meant this concern spread to some of Europe’s most speculative banks – including Switzerland’s Credit Suisse, which experienced a bank run. The last-minute bailout of Credit Suisse by its compatriot UBS, coupled with the Federal Reserve’s new Bank Term Funding Program, soothed investors’ fears in the second part of the month.

Portfolio Allocation

We adjusted our asset allocation in Q1 in response to the changing market climate:

  • We increased the portfolio’s modified duration. We raised the duration starting at the beginning of the quarter, bringing it from 3 in early January to 5 at quarter-end. We plan to maintain duration at this level given the first signs of a turnaround in the economic growth dynamic, since such a turnaround could trigger a pivot by central banks.

  • We continued to increase our credit-market exposure. Spreads on corporate debt currently factor in a default rate that we feel is overestimated, making the prices of this debt attractive. We’ve therefore reinforced our positions on the strongest convictions in our portfolio: European financial debt, high-yield corporate bonds, collateralised loan obligations, and emerging-market debt. We’re maintaining a dynamic approach to asset allocation in order to tactically mitigate the impact of market downturns, like the one experienced during the banking-sector stress in March, when we fully hedged our high-yield book with hedges on the iTraxx Crossover index.


We believe inflation will remain structurally above the 2% target in 2023 – notwithstanding the current disinflationary trend – which calls for a continued flexible approach to bond investments. We’re cautious on the longest-dated segment of the yield curve given the trajectory of monetary tightening. Questions arose in March about whether the US might go into recession, meaning the turning point for central banks’ monetary policy could be near. With regards to valuations, we believe a recession is already priced into spreads in some segments of the corporate bond market. For the near term, we plan to remain long on duration with a preference for European issuers. We also increased our long position on inflation-indexed bonds in Europe and the US to serve as a hedge against resilient core inflation and against a worsening geopolitical situation, as that could fuel a rebound in consumer-price growth. We closed out our short positions on short-dated sovereign paper in response to the economic slowdown.

Source: 31/03/2023, Carmignac, Bloomberg

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Carmignac Portfolio Flexible Bond A EUR Acc

ISIN: LU0336084032

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Voornaamste risico's van het Fonds

RENTE: Renterisico houdt in dat door veranderingen in de rentestanden de netto-inventariswaarde verandert.

KREDIET: Het kredietrisico stemt overeen met het risico dat de emittent haar verplichtingen niet nakomt.

WISSELKOERS: Het wisselkoersrisico hangt samen met de blootstelling, via directe beleggingen of het gebruik van valutatermijncontracten, aan andere valuta’s dan de waarderingsvaluta van het Fonds.

AANDELEN: Aandelenkoersschommelingen, waarvan de omvang afhangt van externe factoren, het kapitalisatieniveau van de markt en het volume van de verhandelde aandelen, kunnen het rendement van het Fonds beïnvloeden.

Het fonds houdt een risico op kapitaalverlies in.

* Risicocategorie van het KID (essentiële-informatiedocument) indicator. Risicocategorie 1 betekent niet dat een belegging risicoloos is. Deze indicator kan in de loop van de tijd veranderen.

Carmignac Portfolio Flexible Bond A EUR Acc

ISIN: LU0336084032
2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 (YTD)
Year to date
Carmignac Portfolio Flexible Bond A EUR Acc -3.40 % +4.99 % +9.24 % +0.01 % -8.02 % +1.25 %
Referentie-indicator -0.37 % -2.45 % +3.99 % -2.80 % -16.93 % +2.38 %

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3 jaar 5 jaar 10 jaar
Carmignac Portfolio Flexible Bond A EUR Acc -1.08 % +0.89 % +0.74 %
Referentie-indicator -5.44 % -3.48 % -1.84 %

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In het verleden behaalde resultaten zijn geen garantie voor de toekomst. De resultaten zijn netto na aftrek van kosten (inclusief mogelijke in rekening gebrachte instapkosten door de distributeur) .

Bron: Carmignac op 31/08/2023

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