LPL Research recently published an interesting article on the frustration investors have been experiencing with investment in high-quality fixed income. With interest rates being suppressed in the summer of 2016, investors were not rewarded for staying the course and maintaining investment in investment grade bonds. Despite the continued pressure on high-quality fixed income, the fact remains that high-quality bonds still hold a place in a diversified portfolio, as they have historically provided a way to mitigate losses in a market downturn. Below are some key takeaways from the article. You can read the entire article by clicking on the link below.
- The broad high-quality bond universe has produced a slightly negative return over the last year due to a pickup in rates from the depressed levels of last summer.
- Even with the headwinds, there have been pockets of success over the last year and opportunities remain.
- Despite the potential for ongoing pressure in high-quality fixed income, it remains a critical tool in diversified, balanced portfolios.
To read the entire article: Bond_Market_Perspectives_The Lost Year
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