Fixed income research poll 2007: Methodology

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Ups and downs in 2007
Fixed income research poll 2007 results
Credit research - Best overallCredit research - Investment grade
Credit research - High yieldCredit research - Other products and markets

Trade ideas Overall

Trade ideas - Structured credit
Trade ideas - Investment gradeTrade ideas - High yield
Trade ideas - ABSTrade ideas - Other products and markets
Most highly regarded OverallMethodology


Euromoney has incorporated its annual credit research poll into a new fixed income research survey. The intention has been to give those banks that no longer follow the traditional fundamental sell-side credit research model a chance to be nominated by their clients.

The survey was conducted online from Tuesday, January 16 until Friday, February 23 2007 under the new title of fixed income research. Voters were presented with two choices – credit research and trade ideas. The questionnaire presented a menu of options enabling voters to pick and choose from any of the 47 categories presented for both survey branches.

For credit research, investors were asked to rate named analysts and teams for the categories indicated. For trading ideas, only teams could be nominated. Scores were given in all categories in the ratio of 5:4:3:2:1 for first, second, third, fourth and fifth place nominations respectively, then summed and divided by the total score in each category to produce a percentage.

Scores were weighted as follows to take into account the size of funds under management or volume of secondary turnover.

Investment grade:

Greater than €10 billion – weighted by factor of 7

Between €5 billion and €10 billion – weighted by a factor of 5

Between €1 billion and €5 billion – weighted by a factor of 3

No estimate provided, or less than €1 billion – no weighting

High yield:

Greater than €450 million – weighted by a factor of 3

Between €150 million and €450 million – weighted by a factor of 2

No estimate provided, or less than €150 million – no weighting

Other credit – emerging market/western Europe:

Greater than €1 billion – weighted by a factor of 4

Between €500 million and €1 billion – weighted by a factor of 3

Between €250 million and €500 million – weighted by a factor of 2

Between €100 million and €250 million – no weighting

Other credit:

Asset-backed: weighted as for investment grade

Indices: weighted as for investment grade

Credit derivatives: weighted as for investment grade

Unfortunately it was found necessary to exclude some replies because of irregularities in data provided or withheld by respondents. Among the principal reasons for exclusion were:

- Yahoo/AOL-type email addresses given

- People voting for just one person or one firm on the ballot

- Private investors

- Insufficient biographical details

- Correlated replies from, usually but not always, the respective asset management division, ie, five people from ABC Asset Management voting for only ABC plc on five separate ballots.

We received 1,174 valid replies in total.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Andrew Newby, head of research, at anewby@euromoney.com