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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.

Assuming economic growth remains solid, the repricing of risk can be an opportunity for longer-term investors.
Bond prices and the dollar appear to be responding to strengthening global growth as well as the prospect of rising U.S. deficits, which could mean higher bond yields and a softer dollar in the coming months.
Cutting the corporate tax rate should free up cash bond issuers can use to repay debts, though other provisions could prove challenging for certain parts of the market.
The high-yield portion of the muni market can offer more returns to investors willing to take on the extra risk. However, spreads are narrow, so be careful.
Tighter money conditions, rising inflation and high bond valuations could lead to volatility and rising yields. Here’s what investors should know.
The uncertainty surrounding the tax legislation is a key issue for the municipal bond market, so investors may want to focus on higher-quality bonds.

Investors looking forward to another strong year for corporate-related fixed income investments should probably curb their enthusiasm.

Because their coupon rates are designed to float, bank loan investors should benefit from higher payments when short-term rates are rising. But investors haven’t seen those benefits this year.
Emerging market bonds have performed well so far this year, but high valuations and growing risks dent their appeal.
Congress’ tax-reform proposals could affect the municipal bond market in a variety of ways. Here’s what investors need to know.

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