The importance of the Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index in the investment world might outweigh the attractiveness of its risk and reward profile.
With the automatic spending cuts, or sequestration, required by the Budget Control Act of 2011 still on track to go into effect starting Friday, March 1, we believe it’s important to keep the full impact in perspective. Even if we do go into a sequestration mode in the United States, or get bogged down in
It appears that the effects of the major deleveraging event in 2008 — punctuated by the collapse of Lehman Brothers — has finally shifted into a second phase. For the past four years, fixed-income investors have been influenced primarily by fear of another Lehman-type event, and this has affected pricing in general. Now we believe
The level of market distress surrounding global macro risks has declined in the latter half of 2012, helping sentiment and trading conditions in fixed-income markets return to more normal levels similar to those seen before the 2008 financial crisis.
The Fed has taken extraordinary measures since 2008 to help keep long-term interest rates low through two rounds of quantitative easing, known as “Operation Twist,” followed by a third round of easing that targets the mortgage-backed securities market.
Despite the uncertain macroeconomic environment, we continue to believe that a strategy that relies on rates declining further to drive returns is a risky proposition. At current levels, interest rates would not have to increase much in order for investors to start seeing price declines in Treasuries and certain other high-quality bonds that today offer