Market Views - Fixed Income

Our experienced investment professionals have managed fixed income portfolios for more than 40 years. Choose an article to read our views on the economy and today’s bond markets.

Q&A: Benefits of leveraged loans in a rising-rate environment 
Nov. 18, 2015 :: Steven J Wagner
Good for diversification in general, leveraged loans also can play an important role when rates rise.
FedWatch: The Fed is aware of the clock 
Oct. 28, 2015 :: R.J. Gallo
Policymakers signal that a December rate hike remains in play.
Fixed Income Liquidity: The new SEC proposals and Federated 
Oct. 27, 2015 :: Robert J Ostrowski
The subject of bond market liquidity continues to get a lot of attention through press articles and proposed Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reforms.
FedWatch: Time isn't on the Fed's side 
Oct. 23, 2015 :: R.J. Gallo
An October surprise, i.e., rate hike, is unlikely but if policymakers want to initiate tightening before year-end, only one meeting's left after this one
Fixed Income Outlook: For now, forget about the Fed 
Oct. 9, 2015 :: Robert J Ostrowski
With rates staying low, the action in the fixed-income arena remains focused on credit products
Q&A: A silver lining for EM bonds? 
Sept. 22, 2015 :: Ruggero de'Rossi
No longer are emerging markets a monolithic asset class as some countries are fairly well positioned in the current global environment
FedWatch: Are we there yet … No! 
Sept. 17, 2015 :: Donald T Ellenberger
Citing 'recent global economic and financial developments' as one reason, the Fed keeps rates near zero.
FedWatch: Forget 1-in-4; we say 50-50 
Sept. 10, 2015 :: Donald T Ellenberger
We think the likelihood of Fed rate hike next week is higher than the market does.
Market Memo: An overdue correction, nothing worse 
Aug. 27, 2015 :: Donald T Ellenberger
Bonds had their correction two summers ago; now it was equities' turn. But that's all it is.
FedWatch: Inching closer to 'See you in September' 
Jul. 29, 2015 :: R.J. Gallo
Fed policymakers cite improving labor market, a sign that they are moving closer to raising rates
FedWatch: Go ahead and go to the beach 
Jul. 24, 2015 :: R.J. Gallo
The markets would be very surprised if the Fed says anything of substance after it meets next week
Market Memo: The case for bonds remains solid 
Jul. 14, 2015 :: Mark E. Durbiano
A Fed liftoff, which appears to be moving closer, isn't necessarily a bad thing for bonds
Fixed Income Outlook: Greece is not the word 
Jul. 13, 2015 :: Robert J. Ostrowski
Credit still favored over Treasuries as growth fundamentals keep trumping geopolitical worries
Puerto Rico's debt woes: What does it mean for municipal bond holders? 
Jul. 2, 2015 :: Lee R. Cunningham II R.J. Gallo
Puerto Rico’s troubles are somewhat unique and the prospect of panic selling of these bonds or heavy selling of municipal bonds in general seems low.
FedWatch: Almost there 
Jun. 17, 2015 :: Donald T. Ellenberger
The Fed did not raise rates today, but its FOMC statement suggests it will soon.
FedWatch: Trail of 'dots' should lead the way 
Jun. 11, 2015 :: Donald T. Ellenberger
With June lift-off very unlikely, Fed's "dot" chart will help the market discern the pace of anticipated future hikes.
In Short: A buying opportunity for munis? 
May 28, 2015 :: R.J. Gallo
A heavy supply of muni issuance has undermined year-to-data performance, but this supply-demand imbalance should prove temporary
In Short: Why longer yields spiked (and may take a break) 
May 14, 2015 :: R.J. Gallo
Stabilizing sovereign euro yields and continued data disappointments could cause near-term retracement in long yields; but bias remains up
In Short: Emerging-market Fed fears may be overdone 
May 7, 2015 :: Ruggero de'Rossi
Underlying conditions are improving and a Fed rate hike may not be all that disruptive
FedWatch: Fed acknowledges gloomy data but holds to transitory view 
Apr. 29, 2015 :: R.J. Gallo
No surprises in April's meeting but a clear sign data dependency will rule the roost
FedWatch: Farewell to forward guidance? 
Apr. 23, 2015 :: R.J. Gallo
Policymakers are shifting from time-based to data-dependent rationales for making changes
Q&A: Often misunderstood, high-yield munis have much to offer 
Apr. 23, 2015 :: Lee R. Cunningham II
Conditions remain favorable for high-yield municipal bonds.
Fixed Income Outlook: Cautiously staying the course 
Apr. 9, 2015 :: Robert J. Ostrowski
We still like credit and are positioned for a flatter yield curve and rising rates
FedWatch: Removing 'patient' doesn't mean impatient 
Mar. 18, 2015 :: Donald T. Ellenberger
The Federal Reserve policy statement is more dovish than expected.
FedWatch: Fed to get dependent on data, not time 
Mar. 13, 2015 :: Donald T. Ellenberger
We believe the 'patient' language will be removed in the FOMC's upcoming policy statement.
In short: Trifecta gives a lift to EM bonds 
Mar. 6, 2015 :: Ruggero de'Rossi
Stabilizing oil, ECB QE and reduced geopolitical tensions give rise to rally in emerging markets
Market Memo: The near-term bias is up on longer rates 
Feb. 5, 2015 :: R.J. Gallo
With oil making a potential bottom and Europe embracing pro-growth policies, Federated is growing more bearish on longer Treasuries
FedWatch: An intriguing 'development' 
Jan. 28, 2015 :: R.J. Gallo
Policymakers raise issue of 'international developments' in assessing rate plans for year
FedWatch: All the action will be behind the scenes 
Jan. 23, 2015 :: R.J. Gallo
Just because policymakers don't change anything doesn't mean there won't be some drama
Fixed Income Outlook: Back to the future, sort of 
Jan. 15, 2015 :: Robert J. Ostrowski
Just like last year, we expect the bias on rates to be upwards in 2015, favoring credit and a flattener.
High-Yield Outlook: A little better, a little more volatile 
Dec. 30, 2014 :: Mark E. Durbiano
We think total returns in the 7% range are doable for this asset class in 2015
FedWatch: Forget 'time.' Look at the dots! 
Dec. 17, 2014 :: Donald T. Ellenberger
Shift in policy language overshadowed by cut in next year's already low funds-rate forecast
FedWatch: Time's up for 'time?' 
Dec. 12, 2014 :: Donald T. Ellenberger
Fed policymakers may move language toward preparing markets for eventually tightening