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Bond Insights

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

Worried about the impact of rising bond yields on your fixed income investments? You might want to consider investment-grade floating-rate notes.
In general, we don’t believe natural disasters pose a significant risk to municipal bond issuers, unless the municipality was directly affected by the storm and lacks adequate resources.
The amount of corporate debt outstanding has surged, raising fears that the market may be in a bubble. However, certain factors may prevent corporate bond prices from falling sharply in the near term.
The steep drop in emerging market bonds and currencies has improved valuations, but that doesn’t mean investors are being fairly compensated for the risk.
Under-funded pension obligations pose a burden to some issuers in the municipal market. However, the burden—and issuers’ ability to address it—varies widely.
Does the U.S. dollar’s relative weakness signal a buying opportunity for international bonds?
If your holdings are all in very short-term maturities, you’re missing the opportunity to add income to your portfolio—and essentially trying to time interest rate moves, which is notoriously difficult.
Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities, or TIPS, can help combat the effects of inflation on your fixed income holdings, but return expectations should be tempered due to low absolute yields and the risk of yields moving higher.
The Supreme Court recently gave states the ability to expand tax collections for online sales, and imposed restrictions on union dues.
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?

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