As we enter 2022, we are witnessing a seismic and rather abrupt shift in the global monetary policy framework. Notably, the big developed-market (DM) central banks are gradually moving away from traditional forward guidance toward emphasizing greater policy flexibility and better risk management in response to economic and market developments. Based on recent central-bank decisions, we think market participants will be less inclined to see monetary policymakers as reliable forecasters or drivers of economies and business cycles.
Important Risks: Investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal. • Fixed-income security risks include credit, liquidity, call, duration, event and interest-rate risk. As interest rates rise, bond prices generally fall. • Investments in high-yield (“junk”) bonds involve greater risk of price volatility, illiquidity, and default than higher-rated debt securities. • Foreign investments may be more volatile and less liquid than US investments and are subject to the risk of currency fluctuations and adverse political, economic and regulatory developments. These risks may be greater, and include additional risks, for investments in emerging markets. • Integration of environmental, social, and/or governance (ESG) factors into the investment process may not work as intended.
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