The Right Fit: Global Bonds and DC Plans

At a time when US defined contribution plans are seeking to control risk and enhance returns, hedged global bonds can improve outcomes for participants and sponsors. But how do plans incorporate global bonds in core menus and target-date funds?

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Tinkering with the Core Bond Recipe

This is the time of year when, in almost every American household, the tinkerer in the family eyes the recipe box. Certain venerable traditions will make it to the Thanksgiving table intact. A cousin or an in-law is sure to bring an entirely new dish. And some traditional plates could use some freshening up. That’s [...]

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Is Levering Bonds a Loser’s Game Today?

By Michael DePalma (pictured) and Arnab Nilim Multi-asset strategies like risk parity owe much of their popularity to their ability to navigate the global financial crisis. Lately, critics have cited levered bond returns as the driver—and as a looming headwind. We think they’re missing a key point.

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Forget Volatility; Watch Credit Quality, Maturity

If you’re worried about the recent spike in bond market volatility, we’ve got a bit of advice: Don’t be. There are plenty of other risks—chiefly credit quality and flatter yield curves—that are causing shakeups in some corners of the fixed-income world. Happily, there are things you can do about them.

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US Housing Rebound Puts Spotlight on Real Estate

With a US housing recovery in full swing, this may be a good time for investors to consider securities backed by residential real estate. We think they’re an attractive way to diversify exposure to high-yield bonds and other risk-seeking assets.

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Rising Rates: The Great Pumpkin

In late 2013, the 10-year US Treasury yield hit 3%, spooking investors who thought the bond bubble was bursting. Prognosticators urged investors to abandon bonds. And then—they waited.

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Global Bonds Beg the Currency Question

With the US dollar poised to rise, there’s never been a better time to reposition into global bonds as your core mandate. But when you do, it’s critical to fully hedge that global portfolio against currency risk.

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Gauging the Spook Factor for Municipal Bond Investors

The muni market seems to be returning to normal after major outflows last summer, though several potential hot-button issues could still spook investors. We don’t think these represent major risks to market returns or properly positioned portfolios.

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The Core of the Modern Bond Strategy: Go Global

“Keep Calm and Carry On” reads a popular World War II–era British motivational poster. We think the first half of the slogan is good advice for bond investors in today’s uncertain markets, but we’d substitute the second with “Go Global.”

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What to Think About in a Bond-Market Reboot

US interest rates are likely to head up gradually over the next several years, now that the long tailwind from a three-decade-long rate decline has subsided. With bonds still an important part of many portfolios, what should investors be thinking about?

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