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Our views on trends in the fixed income market.
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Our views on trends in the fixed income market.

One potential area of compromise for the new Congress may be infrastructure spending, which could lead to increased municipal bond issuance. However, we expect demand for municipal bonds to continue to support prices next year.
The recent rout in the municipal bond market can be unsettling, but it hasn’t changed our view on the attractiveness of municipal bonds for many investors.
The Secured Overnight Financing Rate, or SOFR, has gained traction as a replacement for LIBOR, which is set to phase out by 2021. Here’s how the switch could affect your bond holdings.
Keeping an eye on these market indicators may help investors gauge whether the Federal Reserve is near the end of the cycle or likely to overshoot.
Worried about the impact of rising bond yields on your fixed income investments? You might want to consider investment-grade floating-rate notes.
In general, we don’t believe natural disasters pose a significant risk to municipal bond issuers, unless the municipality was directly affected by the storm and lacks adequate resources.
The amount of corporate debt outstanding has surged, raising fears that the market may be in a bubble. However, certain factors may prevent corporate bond prices from falling sharply in the near term.
The steep drop in emerging market bonds and currencies has improved valuations, but that doesn’t mean investors are being fairly compensated for the risk.
Under-funded pension obligations pose a burden to some issuers in the municipal market. However, the burden—and issuers’ ability to address it—varies widely.
Does the U.S. dollar’s relative weakness signal a buying opportunity for international bonds?

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