Today’s Yields Put the Income Back in Fixed Income

May 16, 2024 Michael Townsend
Investors looking for solid returns with lower risk and less volatility are finding a bright spot in today’s bond market.
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    During more than a decade of near-zero interest rates, many investors got used to low returns from boring bonds. But bonds are exciting again, providing investors with predictable real income and stability. So where do bonds fits in today's portfolio? Collin Martin, director and fixed income strategist at the Schwab Center for Financial Research, joins host Mike Townsend for an engaging discussion about how the "income" is back in "fixed income." They discuss Treasuries, corporate bonds, high-yield bonds, the Fed outlook, and whether bonds are now more attractive than stocks. Collin shares his thoughts on how investors should be thinking about potential fixed income opportunities. 

    In Mike's updates from Washington, he discusses a new report on the health of the Social Security and Medicare programs, provides context to a recent government report on how much it would cost to extend the 2017 tax cuts set to expire next year, and highlights a government effort to ban futures markets where investors can bet on the presidential election outcome and other events.

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