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Fixed Income

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In a highly indebted economy, there is no fixed cap on the level of interest rates. Any increase in interest rates must be consistent with tolerable debt service ratios, the existing stock of debt and private sector savings.

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Recent market performance, particularly in September, has been negative across a widespread array of asset classes as we have seen the U.S. dollar exchange rate rise with increasing intensity in recent months. The worst returns, not coincidentally, were delivered by the very assets that have shown historically high sensitivity to dollar strength.

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Short term munis may make sense in a rising rate environment. They provide attractive yields and investment flexibility vs.

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The more things change, the less they stay the same. The last five years have brought good times to investors.  Equity markets have more than doubled, bond yields have dropped, credit spreads have tightened and volatility has calmed.

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A convenient, comprehensive reference that looks both back and forward to bring today’s economy, markets and investing opportunities sharply into view. The Q4 2014 MarketTrack — featuring more than 40 charts and graphs accompanied by straightforward commentary — is now available.

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For the right sized asset manager, disruptions in the fixed income market can create short-term opportunities. Liquidity has deteriorated in recent years and can escalate when a mega manager needs to sell a large position.

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While the bond market has generated strong returns so far in 2014, we are positioning portfolios with a shorter duration to protect against rising interest rates. Although we think that corporate bonds look better than their government counterparts, the most attractive bond market opportunities may be outside of the corporate market.

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In the following video, Gene Tannuzzo, senior portfolio manager for strategic income and multi-sector fixed income, explains his outlook for bond markets. Global bond markets have posted strong returns so far in 2014, driven by largely by factors outside of the U.S. Looking forward, we expect U.S. interest rates to rise, and so we are positioning portfolios with a shorter duration.

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Prospective returns for Treasuries now look poor across the curve—not just at the front end. Yield curves tend to flatten as central banks raise short-term rates, but valuations have now moved beyond the point where these trades make sense.

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ECB action this week maybe not enough to restore confidence by itself, but it signals a readiness to defend the inflation target, thus lowering odds of Japanification. U.S. growth accelerating into September 16-17 FOMC meeting.

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