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Interest rates — Farewell, liquidity trap

The U.S. Treasury market as a whole has returned +1% annualized since the end of 2012 (and +0.5% annualized since the low in 10-year yields in July 2012). Because of imminent Fed rate hikes and depressed yield levels, prospective returns look no better today.

Tagged with: Economy, Fixed Income, Investing

Making sense of negative interest rates

Buying bonds at negative rates is a guarantee of losing money in nominal terms.
Central banks must keep real rates low to help their economies reach a self-sustaining growth path. Investors should focus on asset classes that benefit from this growth rather than providing the free money to support it.

Tagged with: Equities, Fixed Income, Global Perspectives, Investing

Do rising rates mean doomsday for bonds?

The Federal Reserve’s low interest rate policy will eventually end and rates will likely rise. As rates rise, bond investors get to invest their coupon income at the new, higher yields.

Tagged with: Fixed Income, Interest Rates, Investing, Muni Perspectives, Muni Perspectives Blog

Harnessing Fixed-Income Returns Through The Cycle

There are four unique, major fixed-income risks – duration, credit, inflation and currency – and different fixed-income investments respond to them differently. Applying a full understanding of the four risks to a fixed-income portfolio may yield a better risk-return outcome.

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What if low interest rates are not a function of low economic growth?

Low interest rates have provided a significant tailwind for bonds and equities over the last 30 years. Globalization of labor markets, rather than slow growth, could be the main driver for today’s low interest rates.

Tagged with: Equities, Fixed Income, Global Economy, Global Investing, Interest Rates

How will California’s drought affect water utility revenue bonds?

The effects of the California drought will last for decades as residents adjust to using less water while paying more to support necessary water infrastructure to ensure adequate supply. Key factors when assessing credit quality of water utilities are water supply sources and rate flexibility.

Tagged with: Municipal Bonds, U.S. Economy

Emerging market debt: An end to the agony?

Capitulation by many EMD investors has created opportunities in many of the more resilient countries. We favor countries moving down the reform path and where there is significant impetus to reign in excessive government spending.

Tagged with: Commodities, Economic Policy, Emerging Markets, Equities, Fixed Income, Global Economy, Global Investing

Should you own longer duration bonds in a rising rate environment?

In the next Fed tightening cycle, another “bear flattener” may occur, during which short rates increase and long rates either decline or rise less than short rates. Such a bear flattener is likely to result in long muni bonds outperforming shorter bonds.

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