Bond Market

Finding value across the curve

Doug Drabik discusses fixed income market conditions and offers insight for bond investors.

Not all curves look the same. Let’s compare several fixed income yield curves and the time ranges that may provide value. We often hear investors talk about “timing” the market, waiting for a Fed move or hovering in anticipation of some event they “know” will happen. Fixed income allocation involves long term planning for many investors. Buy and hold practice means that interim price movement, geopolitical events, central bank action or political tremblings have little or no effect on a fixed income holding’s income, cash flow or time when the face value is returned to the investor. This is why bonds can meet the primary purpose of protecting principal. Right now, there’s more. That’s right. In addition to helping preserve capital, fixed income is providing income levels not seen in well over a decade. This timeline and graph demonstrate where value exists on the curve. Seize the fixed income opportunity while it still exists!

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