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Rising rates, declining liquidity and sluggish global growth—with trade conflicts as an additional headwind—may weigh on economic growth and market performance in 2019.
The worst may be over for the bond bear market.
Stock markets were rattled on Friday by concerns about a weaker-than-expected employment report, U.S.-China trade and the future pace of Federal Reserve rate hikes. Here’s what investors should know.
Kathy Jones breaks down yield curves, including normal vs. inverted, and why they’re relevant today.
On this episode of Bond Market Today, Kathy Jones explains why she thinks investors shouldn’t abandon intermediate or longer-term bonds entirely in their portfolios.
After more than two years of steadily rising interest rates, we believe 2019 could mark the peak in U.S. Treasury yields for the current business cycle. However, while the prospect of more stable or lower interest rates may be positive for bond investors, we expect the road ahead to be bumpy.
Rising long-term Treasury yields have lowered the price of preferred securities, presenting a relatively attractive entry point for long-term investors. But preferred securities come with a unique set of characteristics, including greater risks.
One potential area of compromise for the new Congress may be infrastructure spending, which could lead to increased municipal bond issuance. However, we expect demand for municipal bonds to continue to support prices next year.
As the yield curve continues to flatten, some investors may wonder whether a recession is imminent.
As the Fed approaches its long-term interest-rate target, how should you approach your bond investments?
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