Bond Insights

Our views on trends in the fixed income market.

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Not sure which to choose? Here are some things to consider about individual bonds vs. bond funds.

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Bond Market Update – May 2020
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The latest perspective on the bond market from the Schwab Center for Financial Research, including a deep-dive on corporate and municipal bond markets.
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Major central banks are hiking interest rates rapidly and shrinking their balance sheets in an effort to "normalize" policy. The question hanging over the market is, "What is a normal policy rate?"
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Given that tighter financial conditions are on the horizon, high-yield bonds may not be as attractive as they have been over the past few years. We look at four factors that indicate it may be especially prudent to proceed with caution when it comes to high-yield bonds.
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With inflation at its highest point in decades and the Federal Reserve expected to continue to aggressively raise interest rates, municipal bonds may offer opportunities not seen in years.
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More interest rate hikes are likely this year as the Federal Reserve tries to curb inflation; here are answers to eight common questions on ways these hikes may affect the fixed income markets and how to navigate this higher-rate environment.
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The first quarter was brutal for fixed income investors, as bond prices fell and yields rose. However, the steep rise in yields should mean that income investors can finally earn relatively attractive yields in the bond market, after enduring nearly three years of near-zero interest rates.
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Prices have fallen sharply, creating an opportunity for income-oriented investors who can ride out the volatility. Investors should understand the risks, however.
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Unfunded pension liabilities for state and local governments are in their best condition in nearly a decade, supporting the case that credit quality in the municipal bond market has improved.
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Preferred securities’ higher yields may be appealing, but they almost always come with additional risks.

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