Focus on the big picture and you'll see there has never been a less favorable time to own fixed income.
Investing in these bonds requires a counter-intuitive approach, and reframing how you look at risk.
Let's look back to a year ago this month, when most investors saw volatility and a lack of liquidity; and then turn to now, as the tariff deadline looms and the VIX vs. VIX futures gap widens.
BB- and B-rated bonds have performed well lately, but CCC-rated bonds are a different story -- this divergence hasn't happened in nearly two decades and it gives clues about what to expect for 2020.
Reports of two potentially major buyouts show the risks of late-cycle corporate bond investing.
This is why rates rose the day the Fed made such strongly dovish comments, and how you should manage your fixed income portfolio in response.
My 'Hopium/Doomium' model has stood the test of time.
What I would rather invest in to get similar yields.
Brexit is not the only big issue getting kicked down the road lately.
Fear-mongering over risk of BBB credits was immensely exaggerated and hurt many people's returns.