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It can be difficult to figure out the cost of a bond. Asking some basic questions can help you know what you’re paying—and what you’re paying for.
Ten-year Treasury bond yields marched higher during the past two years, while bond prices fell. However, it appears that longer-term yields may be peaking. Is the bond bear market over, or only paused?
We don’t expect returns for investment-grade corporate bonds to be as poor in the second half of the year as they were in the first, but the markets are still challenging.
On this episode of Bond Market Today, Collin Martin discusses the potential for a corporate bond bubble that might soon burst, and steps investors can take to combat concerns.
Economic and earnings growth looks good, but we’re late in the economic cycle, the Fed is still tightening and trade tensions are unresolved. Volatility may return.
Munis outperformed both Treasuries and corporate bonds during the first half of 2018, but we think that trend could reverse in the second half of the year.
The late stage of the business cycle presents both opportunities and risks for fixed income investors. Here’s what to look for in the second half of 2018.
Certain states may be poised to benefit from recent developments including higher oil prices and legalized sports gambling, and state municipal bond yields generally have risen during the past year. However, investors should be selective about which states and maturities they choose.

Uncertainty over Italy’s political future spurred market volatility this week, after Italian President Sergio Mattarella vetoed the selection of an anti-euro finance minister and concern grew that Italy could leave the common currency.

The yield curve has been flattening as the Federal Reserve raises interest rates. Should investors be concerned?
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