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Press Releases — July 27, 2020

Qontigo Embeds Axioma Factor-based Fixed Income Risk Model in Axioma Risk

NEW YORK, July 27, 2020 – Qontigo, an investment intelligence leader and provider of best-of-breed analytics and world-class indices, has announced the integration of the Axioma Factor-based Fixed Income Risk Model in their enterprise portfolio risk management system, Axioma Risk. The cross-sectional style-based model, which is also available in a flat file format, is powered by proprietary methodology and allows intuitive risk and performance attribution analysis, as well as robust portfolio construction aligned with both passive and active strategies.

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Axioma Risk offers broad pricing and flexible analytics capabilities across multi-asset class portfolios with the ability to run linear or full repricing on a single, cloud-based platform.

Style-oriented fixed income factor investing has grown in popularity and according to Greenwich Associates, 70% of investment managers see large opportunities for fixed income factor investing over the next few years. However, owing to the lack of quality and consistency of fixed income data, bringing factor investing to fixed income has previously been a challenge, resulting in models with thin rules-based sector factors, strong sensitivity to ratings migration and volatility estimates dominated by noisy data.

“Fixed income data has historically been frustrating, especially for investors that have more experience in equities. A big part of the problem is that data must be transformed in order to prove useful in support of a style-based approach. The advancements in fixed income trading support tools have made managing and transforming fixed income data more viable and as a result there’s finally an opportunity to meet the growing demand to develop a systematic analog to equity factor investing in bond markets. Enabling sophisticated, flexible – and consistent – risk analysis is key for developing innovative strategies and rigorous portfolio management.”

Kevin McPartland, Managing Director at Greenwich Associates

The Axioma Factor-based Fixed Income Risk Model uses advanced modeling techniques to reliably capture systematic risk in a number of ways, including a more accurate issuer classification system and the estimation of bond specific risk from both issuer and issue-specific spread risk. The model has been designed to support a broad cross-section of the credit universe from investment grade, through to high yield and emerging markets.

“The Axioma Factor-based Fixed Income Risk Model enhances an already market-leading multi-asset risk platform and delivers an innovative solution to enable both a new style of fixed income factor risk management and factor-focused portfolio construction,” said Ian Lumb, Qontigo’s Managing Director and Head of Multi-Asset Solutions, EMEA and APAC. “Integrating the model in the cloud-based Axioma Risk platform as well as making it available in a portable flat file format for use in Qontigo’s leading optimizer or third party investment tools really is the best of both worlds for fixed income investors.”

The complete Axioma Fixed Income Solutions Suite includes:

  • Axioma Fixed Income Spread Curves
  • Axioma Granular Fixed Income Risk Model
  • Axioma Factor-based Fixed Income Risk Model