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A Year of Transition: Four Steps to Investing in Fixed Income


The new structural shifts in the fixed-income market require a new approach to investing.

Insight from our sub-adviser, Wellington Management
Emily Bannister, CFA
Fixed Income Investment Director
Richard Gilmartin
Fixed Income Investment Director


Many fixed-income investors continue to position portfolios for a cyclical rebound in economic activity.1 We acknowledge that the extraordinary monetary and fiscal stimulus by global central banks and governments, along with ongoing vaccination rollouts, will spur continued economic recovery. However, we observe long-term structural changes that could lead to an environment of increased frequency of dislocations across fixed-income markets. We’ve been in a long-term trend of falling interest rates and tightening credit spreads2 that caused most traditional fixed-income benchmarks to perform well, particularly the ones with longer durations and meaningful credit components. But we believe 2021 will be characterized by transition to a new fixed-income reality, and that investors should focus on how to generate total returns when neither duration3 nor credit are an obvious solution.

1 Based on our analysis of separate account and mutual fund positioning in eVestment and Morningstar

2 Spreads are the difference in yields between two fixed-income securities with the same maturity, but originating from different investment sectors.

3 Duration is a measure of the sensitivity of an investment’s price to nominal interest-rate movement.

Important Risks:  Investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal. • 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, economic and regulatory developments. • Diversification does not ensure a profit or protect against a loss in a declining market.

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