Andy Kochar

Andy Kochar, CFA®

Portfolio Manager and Head of Credit

AGF Investments Inc.

Andy Kochar is a principal member of AGF’s Fixed Income Team and serves as the firm’s head of global credit. Using a cross-asset framework, Andy is responsible for the research and allocation of credit risk across all of AGF’s fixed income portfolios. He previously served as Associate Portfolio Manager for AGF’s credit-oriented portfolios from 2013 to 2018. Prior to that, for more than five years, Andy served as Investment Analyst, Credit Research at Acuity Investment Management, which was subsequently acquired by AGF in 2011. Andy earned a B.A. in Economics (Cum Laude) from York University. He is a CFA® charterholder and member of CFA Society Toronto.

Recent Articles from this contributor
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ESG and fixed income: Beyond green bonds

Integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into fixed income is growing. Yet, investors need…

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Why dividend investors should consider high yield debt too

High yield bonds can play an important role in protecting portfolios across a full market cycle of ups and downs.

post image Rate hikes: Is the cycle over?

Rate hikes: Is the cycle over?

The U.S. Federal Reserve and markets are at odds regarding the future direction of interest rates. Something has to give.

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Are we headed for a recession in 2019-2020?

Not all recessions are created equally. In fact, if history tells us anything, it’s that…

post image The hawk has landed: BoC’s Poloz raises rates in the wake of trade and LNG deals

The hawk has landed: BoC’s Poloz raises rates in the wake of trade and LNG deals

AGF’s Andy Kochar gives his perspective on the BoC’s hawkish moves in the wake of the USMCA resolution and the government’s approval of LNG. And let’s not forget last week’s unexpected GDP numbers in the U.S. Andy explains the impact on markets.

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Our thoughts on Turkey

2018 continues to be a year of politically-induced uncertainty. Andy Kochar explains how recent turmoil…

post image Populist resurgence – key questions for capital markets

Populist resurgence – key questions for capital markets

Populist political risk has re-emerged in Europe. The Italian sovereign bond market has been in…

post image U.S. 10-year Treasuries: Our thoughts on 3% yields

U.S. 10-year Treasuries: Our thoughts on 3% yields

U.S. 10-year Treasures have reached four-year highs, and while 3% does bear some significance, what…

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The Fed’s impact on inter-bank funding markets

Further Fed tightening is causing inter-bank funding markets to exhibit elevated levels of stress relative…

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A case for preferred shares

The Canadian preferred share market has been a popular vehicle of choice among retail investors…