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Redefining Core Fixed Income

February 2020 
By Mark H. Sullivan and Martin Harvey

A core fixed-income strategy should not only be able to potentially generate total returns, but also help reduce portfolio volatility during periods of market stress.

From our sub-adviser, Wellington Management
Mark Sullivan, CFA, CMT
Senior Managing Director Portfolio Manager for Hartford World Bond Fund
Martin Harvey
Vice President, Portfolio Manager for Hartford World Bond Fund


Historically, investors believed that desired investment characteristics (diversification, liquidity, and lower volatility compared with equities) of their “core” fixed-income allocations would be adequately addressed by the domestic fixed-income markets. These assumptions may no longer hold true over extended periods of time for several reasons.

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. 

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