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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.

Puerto Rico was already struggling with a debt crisis before Hurricane Maria struck, and conditions have only grown worse.
The days of easy monetary policy are coming to an end, as the Federal Reserve begins to reduce its $4.5 trillion balance sheet along with raising short-term interest rates. Here’s what this could mean for bond investors.
Preferred securities are near historical highs, which could mean lower returns in the near term.
The damage caused by natural disasters can put financial strains on municipal bond issuers. Issuers in good financial health should be better able to deal with the pressure.
Each year Schwab experts update their market and inflation projections, providing an opportunity to revisit your financial plan.

The last election left some municipal bond investors wondering if potential policy changes might pull the rug out from under the market.

We don’t think fleeing bond investors are poised to trigger a collapse in the bond market, but caution is in order as a moderate rise in yields looks likely.
The London Interbank Offered Rate, a key benchmark for many types of loans and investments, is expected to disappear in 2021. Here’s how the phase-out could affect investors.
High-yield corporate bonds generally have posted strong returns so far this year, but energy and retail bond issuers appear vulnerable.
The U.S. dollar weakened in the first half of 2017, leading some investors to wonder whether a key attraction of U.S. bonds is likely to fade away—and whether they should consider investing in international developed market bonds instead.
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