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Our views on trends in the fixed income market.
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Our views on trends in the fixed income market.

The Federal Reserve’s dovish turn at its policymaking meeting in January was a surprise for the markets, coming only six weeks after the Fed last raised rates and indicated further tightening was likely. What happened?
The investment-grade corporate bond market has become riskier, and we suggest investors focus on issues and investments that have higher average credit ratings.
If you're interested in tax-free municipal bonds, you might want to keep an eye out for these seven tax traps.
Federal Reserve policymakers kept short-term interest rates steady, but indicated that the pace of hikes going forward may be slower than previously expected.
Despite a recent increase in risk appetite, we still see plenty of reasons for fixed income investors to remain cautious in 2019.
Despite their relatively high risk, the yields offered by high-yield munis compared with other alternatives are lower than they have been in the past.
Bank loan prices fell sharply at the end of 2018, but the risk of further price declines remains elevated.
Risks are rising in the corporate fixed income markets, and we suggest a more cautious stance heading into 2019.
We believe municipal bond investors should take a cautious approach in 2019, amid rising economic uncertainty, concerns about trade friction and worries about the impact of higher interest rates.
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.

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