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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.

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When you buy a municipal bond, you’re making a loan to a state or local government, for which it promises to pay you back an amount at some date in the future—potentially as long as 30 years

On this week’s episode of Bond Market Today, Kathy Jones explains how the Fed maintains its independence from political pressure.
When it comes to bond investing, it’s important to know what you own. That’s especially true with bond funds. On this episode of Bond Market Today, Collin Martin breaks down things to consider when investing in bond funds.
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Federal Reserve policymakers kept short-term interest rates steady, but their updated projections indicate the next move will be a rate cut.
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Despite a strong start to 2019, it’s unlikely the strong pace of returns will continue in the second half of the year, especially in the lower-rated, riskier parts of the corporate bond market.
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The key question facing the bond market is whether the economy is just slowing down—or if it’s heading into recession.
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It may be tempting to chase returns, but we suggest a cautious approach, focusing on higher-rated issuers during the second half of the year.
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The bond market is large and complex, so it helps to focus on bonds that provide diversification, stability and income.
With trade conflict between the U.S. and China, Kathy Jones discusses China’s holdings of U.S. treasuries, and the implications it would have if they were to sell them.
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Investors looking for income can find yields that outpace inflation without taking extraordinary risks, but it requires careful consideration of the tradeoffs between risk and reward.

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