The Barclay's U.S. Aggregate bond index was up three percent in the first quarter after a flat 2015. Robert Tipp, chief fixed income strategist at Prudential Fixed Income (PRU) , said U.S. bonds are set up for a strong second quarter as well. 'The pattern has been one step back and two steps forward and that's where we started in the first quarter,' said Tipp. 'The outlook for the market is good, there is a lot of opportunity out there.' The yield on the 10-year Treasury sank to 1.8 percent from 2.3 percent over the course of the first quarter. Tipp said he expects the 10 year Treasury yield to remain range bound between 1.5 percent and 2 percent over the course of 2016.
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