PORTFOLIO Bonds & fixed income

With the ECB expected first to change its communication emphasis over the summer followed by a move to ‘taper’ its quantitative easing programme moving into 2018, investors should expect the ‘one-way’ trend in Eurozone rates to transition to increasingly ‘two-way’ volatility, much as seen in the post-2013 period following the end of the US quantitative easing programme in 2013.

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PORTFOLIO Bonds & fixed income

In aggregate, the bond asset class remains expensive. Government bond yields are too low to tempt a meaningful increase in duration exposure, credit spreads are so tight that it is difficult adding credit risk especially when most fixed income investors are already overweight credit relative to rates.

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PORTFOLIO Bonds & fixed income

The markets were widely anticipating the US Federal Reserve (Fed) would raise interest rates at its March policy meeting, and the Fed delivered, increasing its key short-term lending rate—the Federal funds rate—for the second time in three months. The Fed also indicated it hasn’t likely finished its tightening cycle yet, but there are still plenty of unknowns ahead.

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