One potential outcome of the 2020 Election is a Democrat sweep, or the “blue wave,” whereby the presidency and both houses of Congress would be controlled by the Democratic Party. Kevin Flanagan provides a solution for investors seeking to prepare their fixed income portfolio for the possibility of the “blue wave.”
While March seems like a long time ago, the repercussions of perhaps the worst two-week period in the U.S. high-yield (HY) arena is now showing through some five to six months later. Despite this, Kevin Flanagan makes the case there is relative value in the U.S. HY market, as long as you screen for quality.
After the end of 2019, the U.S. economy went straight into negative territory, as the pandemic-related shutdowns produced unprecedented contractions in activity. Most market participants have been of the mindset that the economy would not return to pre-pandemic levels until the end of 2021. However, after analyzing the latest real GDP forecasts, Kevin Flanagan discusses whether the economy can recover sooner than expected.
The Federal Reserve released its new policy framework late last month in connection with Chair Powell’s Jackson Hole speech, so it’s not surprising that the September FOMC meeting did not provide any fresh headlines. There is one key question following today’s Fed meeting that Kevin Flanagan seeks to answer: how will the Fed implement this new approach?