Bonds

August 8, 2022

Read our views on trends in the fixed income market. Or explore other investing topics:

When Interest Rates Rise, What Should You Do with Bonds?

Bonds can play an important role in your portfolio, but how do rising interest rates affect fixed income?

MBS: Yields are Up, but Fed Policy Poses a Risk

Mortgage-backed securities (MBS) yields may have room to rise as the Federal Reserve continues its "quantitative tightening" process. However, MBS have unique characteristics that investors should understand before considering them as an investment.

5 Common Mistakes Muni Investors Make and How to Correct Them

Despite their best efforts, muni investors often unknowingly make mistakes with their portfolios which can lead to poor financial outcomes. The good news is that most mistakes can be corrected.

Fed Rate Hikes: Why Are Bond Yields Falling?

The Federal Reserve's pledge to curb inflation appears to have resonated with the market. If the central bank raises rates as much as recent projections indicate, the risk of recession rises. Consequently, bond yields have been pulling back from recent highs and the yield curve has flattened.

2022 Mid-Year Muni Market Outlook

We suggest that muni investors consider taking advantage of the recent selloff by moving up in both credit quality and coupon structure, and moderately extending duration.

2022 Mid-Year Corporate Credit Outlook

After the steep drop in prices during the first half of this year, yields on many corporate bond investments are at or near 12-year highs. While that is attractive from an income perspective, we still suggest a maintaining a defensive approach, as risks are rising.

Fed Gets Aggressive: What's It Mean for Investors?

Sticky inflation leads Fed to give rates a bigger bump. Could change be on the horizon for the economy and the markets?

A Guide to Navigating the Bond Market

This guide breaks down common bond types, explains how they may respond to changing interest rates, and provides tips for selecting the ones most compatible with your portfolio.

How to Identify Reputable ESG Bonds

Not all ESG bonds are what they purport to be. Here's how to help identify the reputable ones.

2022 Mid-Year Outlook: Fixed Income

Returns should be better for fixed income investors in the second half of 2022, now that interest rates have reset higher. However, we still expect volatility to remain high as central banks shift away from easy-money policies.