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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Five Ways to Keep Out of the Bond Liquidity Trap

Bond investors are used to managing interest-rate risk and credit risk. But the financial crisis should have taught us that there are times when liquidity risk can be just as important to manage. Now is one of those times.

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The Liquidity Illusion: Pension Funds Should Rethink Fixed Income

Pension fund managers, like many investors, have historically paid a premium for liquidity. Lately they’ve started to realize that liquidity can be an illusion—but it can also be an opportunity.

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New US Bank Rules a Boon for Bond Investors

By Jeff Skoglund (pictured) and Shrut Vakil of AllianceBernstein (NYSE: AB) US banks have come a long way since the financial crisis, and that’s good news for fixed-income investors. We think better fundamentals and stricter regulations are creating a good formula for banks’ preferred securities.

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