Thoughts and bonds - a balancing act



'Thoughts and bonds' provides a quarterly view and outlook for the fixed income markets from the Fundamental Fixed Income team, where they share their insights on potential investment risks and opportunities.

Summary points:

  • Cautious central banks should help sustain range-bound to modestly higher yields, even as they reverse accommodative monetary policy. However, a more aggressive than expected reversal could trigger an upward spike in volatility
  • Range-bound rates and low volatility should continue to drive demand for corporate credit. Still, valuations are expensive and drivers of significant spread tightening appear limited
  • We expect a lower return environment for corporate credit in 2018 and carry to drive returns. Given rich valuations and the asymmetric risk profile of credit investing, default avoidance will be critical

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