Fixed income managers search for riches as standard products fall flat

Fixed income funds using derivative instruments have profited while plain vanilla traders are flat

Fixed income and specialist credit hedge funds have been delving more deeply into derivatives, credit instruments and emerging markets as tightening spreads have hurt traditional fixed income market.

The $298m Treesdale Fixed Income fund, for example, notes that in November its mortgage-backed securities (MBS) and credit managers performed best, benefiting from stable to narrowing spreads.

"With US Treasury yields still at low absolute levels, investor demand for yield helped grind spreads across

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