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Fixed Income

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Ability is not the same as willingness to pay. Political pressures continue to influence the Bankruptcy process, potentially to the detriment of bondholders and leaving politically-connected stakeholders more equal than others.

Tagged with: Fixed Income, New Tax Regime

Major asset classes had nice gains through mid-June but have declined as of late. Although we still favor equities, we think it is time to bolster portfolio resilience.

Tagged with: Asset Allocation, Equities, Fixed Income, Investing, Markets

In today’s low interest rate environment, investors with cash on hand and a limited appetite for risk aren’t having an easy time growing their wealth. The Fed’s strong influence throughout the government and corporate bond markets makes it hard to find attractive fixed-income instruments of low or moderate risk.

Tagged with: Asset Allocation, Fixed Income, Investing

Four factors figure empirically into how and why inflation moves: (1) commodity prices, (2) spare capacity, (3) changes in exchange rates, and (4) monetary policy. These same factors argue for a gradual recovery in U.S. inflation in the year ahead, which could be a headwind for high-quality fixed-income returns.

Tagged with: Economy, Fixed Income

Jeffrey Knight, CFA, Global Head of Investment Solutions and Asset Allocation, offers an overview of what has been a very straightforward investment year. Seeing gains across all the major asset classes in similar magnitude — in stocks worldwide, in bonds worldwide, credit markets, commodity markets, the market remain optimistic for the balance of the year.

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No changes from last month. Source: Columbia Management Investment Advisers, LLC.

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Price is important but income should be a factor when considering an investment. Don’t get caught on the sideline, the opportunity cost could be detrimental.

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Puerto Rico’s new debt restructuring law led to a Moody’s downgrade. Our assessment of the relative strength of Puerto Rico’s general obligation bonds remains unchanged, as they are not covered by the new law.

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Today’s low unemployment rate indicates modest slack in labor market, which implies earlier Fed rate hikes and/or more inflation risk. The decline in labor force participation in recent years now looks mostly structural.

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A 60/40 portfolio may appear to be balanced, but when viewed through a risk lens it is clear that the equity allocation comprises a disproportionate amount of the risk. As a static strategy, the very thing that has helped risk parity succeed over time may prove to be its biggest liability going forward, and that is all those extra bonds.

Tagged with: Asset Allocation, Equities, Fixed Income, Investing, Markets
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