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Finding bond opportunities throughout the business cycle

Global bond markets respond in different ways throughout the business cycle. A flexible strategy can adapt its risk complexion to capture opportunities and mitigate downside.

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Q&A with Jeff Knight

Q: What indications did you observe that pointed to the recent market volatility storm? A: In our adaptive risk allocation framework, one of the key first level characterizations we make on markets is whether interest rates are normal or too low.

Tagged with: Asset Allocation, Equities, Fixed Income, Global Economy, Investing

Time not timing

30 years equals about 11,000 days. One might assume that eliminating a few of those days would have little impact on investment performance during that time.

Tagged with: Asset Allocation, Investing, Markets

Geopolitical risk – The fear and reality for financial markets

Most geopolitical events do not lead to significant or persistent global market reactions. Conflicts confined to areas remote from significant world economic activity and which do not threaten oil supplies tend not to impact markets.

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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

Navigate a changing interest rate environment

“Many investors appear anxious about the impending rise in U.S. interest rates, the uneven and disappointing growth across the globe and concerns that risk premiums are not providing adequate compensation for taking credit risk.” —Kirk Moore, CFA, Director of Fixed Income Research

With increasing concerns about market volatility, investors should consider diversifying their portfolios with non-traditional holdings.

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Maximize after-tax returns

“Given their long track record of low volatility, safety and reliable income, the case for owning municipal bonds is as strong as ever. On an after-tax basis, muni bonds look particularly attractive versus other fixed-income options.”  — James Dearborn, Head of Municipal Bonds

In an environment where what you keep is more important than what you earn, municipal bonds can help mitigate higher taxes while providing attractive yields compared to other investment options.

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PBGC’s 40th anniversary report – Some good news and some bad news

The overall financial position of the 40-year old Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation is adequate for the next several years. However, the multiemployer deficit is a real concern.

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Ease the impact of volatile markets

“A portfolio concentrated in risk assets remains vulnerable to volatility spikes, and diversification alone may be inadequate to protect portfolio values from future drawdowns. We think investors should expand their search for diversifiers while embracing flexibility with a systematic approach to reduce portfolio risk during stressful market conditions.” —Jeffrey Knight, Global Head of Investment Solutions and Asset Allocation

Even in today’s challenging interest rate environment, it’s still possible to navigate markets and pursue your goals.

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Geopolitical risk – The fear and reality for financial markets

Most geopolitical events do not lead to significant or persistent global market reactions. Conflicts confined to areas remote from significant world economic activity and which do not threaten oil supplies tend not to impact markets.

Tagged with: Equities, Fixed Income, Global Economy
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