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Last Friday marked the first “real” data day for the bond market, with the release of the final jobs report for CY 2019. Kevin Flanagan explains how the December 2019 jobs report falls right in line with our 2020 outlook for the U.S. economy, interest rate and credit spread trends.

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Our base case for the credit cycle in 2020 is that it will not turn, and investors will likely continue to seek income in higher-yielding fixed income assets. Our fixed income team provides a solution for fixed income investors seeking for income.

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The end of December brings “the turn” to fixed income investors’ minds. The turn represents the period around the final business day of the calendar year when banks need to address their cash needs to get through this crucial funding period. Kevin Flanagan discusses how the Fed will handle year-end funding pressures.

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After three consecutive rate cuts, the Fed decided to stay on the sidelines at their final gathering for 2019. Kevin Flanagan breaks down the results of today’s FOMC meeting and what fixed income investors should expect from 2020.

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Should U.S. Treasury yields be this low, given the current investment landscape? Whether or not you feel the UST 10-Year yield should be trading at its current level, Kevin Flanagan believes investors should follow the old adage “Don’t fight the tape.”
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While 2019 thus far has been, generally, a year of falling rates, going forward, the path seems less certain for a host of reasons. Against this investment backdrop, we continue to advocate for investors to consider the barbell approach when looking for fixed income solutions for 2020 and beyond.

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