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The money and bond markets find themselves in an interesting spot on the calendar, nestled right between the May and June FOMC meetings. However, based upon recent price action and Fedspeak, Kevin Flanagan makes the argument that the markets find themselves in another far more important place: debating what comes next from Powell & Co.
It’s been roughly two months now operating in a post-Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) world, and the markets are still feeling its impact. While the markets continue to wrestle with the fallout, Kevin Flanagan discusses a very important arena where developments have seemingly flown under the radar of late: the funding markets.
In what was a widely expected outcome, the Fed raised interest rates by another quarter point today, elevating the Fed Funds trading range to its highest level since 2007. Now what? Kevin Flanagan discusses what to expect from Powell & Co. next and what to anticipate for the investment landscape in the months ahead.
The current question on every investor’s mind is, what happens should the U.S. Congress not reach a deal on extending the debt ceiling? As the markets begin to react to this possibility, Brad Krom explains why investors should consider a floating rate note strategy when seeking to mitigate risk in their portfolio.
With income back in fixed income, it’s prudent to examine market composition more closely. Rick Harper looks at U.S. corporate borrowers, analyzing both investment-grade and high-yield issuers across duration, quality and sector allocations.