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A COVID-Era Guide to Fixed Income

Third Quarter 2020 

At a time of mounting uncertainty about the role of fixed income in your asset allocations, it's time to rethink some age-old notions.

Insight from our sub-adviser, Wellington Management
Amar Reganti
Fixed Income Investment Director
Anand Dharan, CFA
Fixed Income Investment Director


  • With economic and public-health uncertainty likely to be the norm for the foreseeable future, investors need to think even harder about the overall resilience of their fixed-income allocations.
  • In our view, it's time to stop saying "rates are too low" and to understand that developed-market rates probably should be low given slowing demographic trends.
  • We believe credit remains the area with the greatest abundance of opportunities to pursue targeted returns.




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Important Risks: Investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal. Security prices fluctuate in value depending on general market and economic conditions and the prospects of individual companies. • Fixed income security risks include credit, liquidity, call, duration, and interest-rate risk. As interest rates rise, bond prices generally fall. • 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 and economic developments. These risks may be greater for investments in emerging markets. • Diversification does not ensure a profit or protect against a loss in a declining market.  

The views expressed herein are those of Wellington Management, are for informational purposes only, and are subject to change based on prevailing market, economic, and other conditions. The views expressed may not reflect the opinions of Hartford Funds or any other sub-adviser to our funds. They should not be construed as research or investment advice nor should they be considered an offer or solicitation to buy or sell any security. This information is current at the time of writing and may not be reproduced or distributed in whole or in part, for any purpose, without the express written consent of Wellington Management or Hartford Funds.


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