Relative safety versus equities is the cornerstone of fixed-income investing. But, beyond performance, do your core fixed-income investments adequately help dampen volatility and complement equities? Are they the best options if the market environment becomes more challenging going forward?
1 Source: Wellington Management, as of 3/31/21. Firm assets include assets under management and non-discretionary assets.
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