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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.
| 3 Questions: Federated Bond Fund |
Dec. 7, 2016 ::
A growing economy and potential policy changes under Trump should support a continuing constructive environment for corporate bonds.
| Market Memo: When it comes to yields, the times they are a changing |
Nov. 17, 2016 ::
Expectations for a big stimulus punch on top of budding signs of inflation have yields moving higher.
| Muni Watch: Post-election, what's next? |
Nov. 16, 2016 ::
Like the broader bond market, municipal bonds have sold off somewhat post-election but year-to-date performance remains positive.
| Election Special: Jitters, stabilization and then? |
Nov. 9, 2016 ::
As Trump's win settles in, the question is whether he'll stick to trade and tax-cut policies he promoted. If so, expect higher rates and a steeper yield curve.
| FedWatch: Tune in next meeting |
Nov. 2, 2016 ::
With today's FOMC statement essentially a repeat of September's, the stage is set for a December hike.
| 3 Questions: Federated High Yield |
Oct. 18, 2016 ::
A bottom-up focus is at the core of Federated's approach to high-yield investing.
| Fixed Income Outlook: Still a credit story, just less so |
Oct. 7, 2016 ::
Corporate and mortgage-backed securities remain overweight but are inching closer to neutral in our allocation models.
| Election Watch: Who's going to win? The peso might tell you |
Sept. 30, 2016 ::
Currencies can be an indicator of major political events.
| FedWatch: A 'hawkish hold' for rates |
Sept. 21, 2016 ::
The Fed didn't raise rates today, likely pushing a hike to December, just like last year.
| FedWatch: Hints may be all we get |
Sept. 16, 2016 ::
While a hike is unlikely in the upcoming FOMC meeting, Fedspeak might suggest one could come in December.
| Q&A: Does the troubled pension plan environment hold opportunity? |
Aug. 19, 2016 ::
It is important to consider pension plans on a state-by-state basis.
| FedWatch: Getting warmer |
Jul. 27, 2016 ::
Today’s statement remained consistent with a Fed looking for the right time to hike.
| Q&A: A global bond perspective on a volatile second quarter |
Jul. 18, 2016 ::
Brexit doesn't imply financial gloom, and won't likely overwhelm global capital markets.
| Fixed Income Outlook: Unsteady as she goes |
Jul. 15, 2016 ::
The combination of moderate growth, global uncertainties and unprecedented monetary policies continue to work to the benefit of credit.
| In Short: Brexit highlights value of fixed-income allocations |
Jul. 1, 2016 ::
Uncertainty can be a bond investor's friend.
| FedWatch: Higher bar for raising rates |
Jun. 8, 2016 ::
Poor jobs report will likely keep rates unchanged at upcoming FOMC meeting.
| In Short: Global developed bonds in wait-and-see mode |
Jun. 6, 2016 ::
Don't expect much change until after the upcoming Brexit vote and the FOMC meeting.
| In Short: Muni bonds in a sweet spot |
May 19, 2016 ::
In a time of elevated volatility in other markets, municipal bonds are relatively well situated.
| Q&A: Few positive results so far with negative rates |
May 4, 2016 ::
The jury is still out on whether negative interest rates actually help economies.
| FedWatch: No hike—and no signal for one, either |
Apr. 27, 2016 ::
Yellen steers the policy statement in between the differing positions of the members.
| FedWatch: Don't even think about it |
Apr. 21, 2016 ::
A rate hike at the upcoming FOMC meeting would be a shock.
| Market Memo: Why spreads matter |
Apr. 19, 2016 ::
The financial world has plenty of jargon, but 'spreads' are a concept investors should be comfortable with to understand high-yield bonds.
| Fixed Income Outlook: The math—and the economy—favor credit |
Apr. 13, 2016 ::
The rate and economic environment are still constructive for spread products, but not so much for Treasuries.
| FedWatch: And then there were two |
Mar. 16, 2016 ::
The FOMC didn't hike rates but did cut the number of expected hikes in 2016 from four to two.
| FedWatch: March meeting could set the stage for future hikes |
Mar. 10, 2016 ::
A rate hike is very unlikely, but will the Fed hint one is just around the corner?
| Market Memo: Default rates in energy don't spell doom |
Feb. 24, 2016 ::
Investors already have paid a price for the likely coming wave of defaults in energy.
| In Short: Oil's spill starting to sink credit ratings |
Feb. 11, 2016 ::
Even the largest energy companies are seeing credit-rating downgrades unthinkable only a few years ago.
| Q&A: Conundrums abound for Fed |
Jan. 28, 2016 ::
Why 10-year Treasury yields haven't plunged and other macro topics.
| FedWatch: Fed has eyes on global markets, slowing U.S. growth |
Jan. 27, 2016 ::
The FOMC stays pat with rates, and won't let "financial and international developments" or recent softness in U.S. economy keep it from normalization.
| FedWatch: Fed likely to address market volatility but not act |
Jan. 22, 2016 ::
The Fed is not ready to abandon normalization merely due to a difficult start to the year in equities and oil.
| Fixed Income Outlook: Giving credit its due |
Jan. 13, 2016 ::
Despite 2015's challenges, the credit side of the fixed-income world is still our favorite, led by high yield. We also are positioning for modestly rising rates and a yield-curve flattener, with short rates rising faster than long rates.
| FedWatch: A dovish hike |
Dec. 16, 2015 ::
Yellen was able to please hawks with a hike, and doves with plenty of qualifiers.
| Q&A: What's going on in the high-yield market |
Dec. 14, 2015 ::
Struggles at a fund that specializes in very distressed companies rattle the market, but the fundamentals don't merit the broad-based scare.
| FedWatch: Time is nigh for a hike |
Dec. 11, 2015 ::
But the FOMC statement is expected to sing its familiar chorus that future hikes will be cautious and gradual.
| Fixed Income Liquidity: The new SEC proposals and Federated |
Oct. 27, 2015 ::
The subject of bond market liquidity continues to get a lot of attention through press articles and proposed Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reforms.
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