- Liability headwinds and spread capture constraints can make it challenging to outperform liability returns over time
- Issuer concentration risk tends to grow and diversification to lessen within the Liability Hedging Assets (LHA) portfolio as a plan is de-risked
- A potential supply shortage in the long duration corporate bond universe could be a challenge to de-risking
Outside of traditional long duration corporate exposure, what other strategies can help plans achieve a duration hedge while providing a sufficient return above the liability?
We believe a strategy that utilizes a diversified credit strategy alongside an overlay to hedge the duration and key rate exposures of the liability can deliver returns in excess of the liability over time while protecting against interest rate risk.
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