Lakshmi Iyer’s Bollywood style advice to investors in fixed income instruments

Lakshmi Iyer’s Bollywood style advice to investors in fixed income instruments

by 5paisa Research Team Last Updated: Jan 17, 2022, 03:08 PM IST

Popular for her Bollywood style tweets, Lakshmi Iyer is the CIO (Debt) and Head Product at Kotak Mahindra AMC.

With an experience of more than two decades in the securities markets, Lakshmi Iyer is a prominent figure in the Mutual Fund industry. She is known for her extensive knowledge about bond markets and currently heads the fixed income and product team for the AMC.

Before joining the Kotak Mahindra group, she worked at Credence Analytics Pvt Ltd, handling debt research and financial software development. Talking about her academic qualifications, Iyer is a graduate in commerce from Mumbai University and completed her diploma in Business Management from NMIMS, Mumbai.

On the macroeconomic front, considering the US Fed’s statement suggesting at least three rate hikes in CY 2022 and the accommodative policy stance maintained by the RBI, how should investors in fixed income instruments approach the markets? What approach should they adopt?

In an interview with Tickertape, Iyer said, “With much of the negative news already being reflected in the current yield curve, the need to time an entry for fixed income investments may not be necessary – small jitters of course cannot be ruled out. The pace of hikes seem gradual, hence spacing out fixed-income allocations across tenors could be a potent strategy in the current scenario.

What one needs to keep in mind however is that volatility is going to be the name of the game. Global cues may hog centre stage and the developed world could be quicker in accelerating the pace of policy normalization.” 

“In Bollywood style – fixed income carry ko padkadna aasan hai aur mumkin bhi (it is easy and possible to reach the carry in fixed income).” She added.

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