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Dovish feathers showing through

Dovish comments by Fed officials lead us to believe that normalization in interest rates could take a more circuitous route. While the steady economic recovery makes higher yields inevitable, the path we take to get there is dependent on the Yellen Fed’s policy approach.

Tagged with: Economy, U.S. Economy

Rising rates and REIT returns

While REITs typically demonstrate some interest rate sensitivity and sometimes have a “knee-jerk” reaction down when rates first move up, performance has often rebounded. An improving economy has the potential to dampen the effects of duration risk and interest rate sensitivity, given the increased earnings and dividend growth REITs can produce.

Tagged with: Equities, Investing

The case for active muni management

Muni bonds represent an attractive investment opportunity
Active management is a value add in these volatile markets
Professional money managers can help investors navigate an ever-changing environment

Where does one invest in a world of uncertainty? Rising taxes, volatile markets, low yields, economic stagnation, geopolitical unrest.

Tagged with: Fixed Income, Muni Perspectives Blog

Finding Value in Fixed Income Markets

2014 continues a challenging period for bond investors. What can they reasonably expect and, more importantly, what should they do?

Tagged with: Asset Allocation, Fixed Income, Portfolio Strategies

The secret to managing pension plan risk

Historical overreliance on risk assets have made pension plans vulnerable. Why funded status is the best measure of a pension plan’s health.

Credit alternatives in government-backed debt

One way investors may boost yields without taking on undue credit risk is through U.S. government agency debt. While many investors associate U.S. agency debt with very low yields, other types of agency debt can offer significant spreads to Treasuries with a modest decline in liquidity.

Tagged with: Fixed Income, Investing

QE worked, but not as advertised

While QE proved very effective in reinforcing the Fed’s communication about short-term interest rates, there could be simpler ways to achieve the same outcome. The U.S. experience with QE suggests it would be effective in Europe.

Tagged with: Economy, Fixed Income, Investing

Gut check: The outlook on fixed income

The next big move in rates may be triggered by concerns about possible future Fed rate hikes. High-quality bonds may struggle to generate coupon-like returns.

Tagged with: Fixed Income, Investing

Investment themes for a “Groundhog Day” world

Pursue a realistic income goal with more than bonds. Common stocks and a variety of other corporate securities may yield as much as bonds with greater return potential over time.

U.S. rates — When the facts change

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.

Tagged with: Economy, Fixed Income, U.S. Economy
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