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BMO Global Asset Management

April 2, 2020

April 2020 Fixed Income Market Update

The coronavirus and the measures taken to contain it have had a massive impact on individual lives, the economy and financial markets. While known to be large, significant uncertainty remains regarding just how dire the impacts will be.

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Finimize

April 2, 2020

Laughing Stocks

Investors’ optimistic start to the year seems like a long time ago now. Global stocks fell 20% last quarter, losing around $20 trillion in value in what was their worst run since 2008. US government bonds, on the other hand, had one of their best quarters as investors clamored for their relative safety.

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WisdomTree

March 26, 2020

Money in Motion: It’s Not about Return on Principal, but Return OF Principal

Given what has transpired in the money and bond markets over the last two weeks, the aforementioned age-old adage should not come as much of a surprise. The declines in a whole host of fixed income markets, and signs of growing dislocations in the funding arena, have left investors in a state of fear, the likes of which we haven’t seen since the financial crisis.

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Finimize

March 24, 2020

Unlimited Power

The Federal Reserve (the Fed) announced on Monday there’d no limits to its bond-buying to support the US economy. The Fed announced $700 billion of new bond purchases this time last week, and by Friday, it’d already completed a batch of them.

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Wells Fargo Asset Management

March 19, 2020

Short Duration and Money Market Fund Market Update

As investors reduce their holdings of risk assets and seek a perceived safe haven, the money market fund industry has seen historically high flows into government funds. At the same time, there is some rotation out of prime funds and into government funds. This, in turn, has introduced more volatility into the shorter end of the yield curve.

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Morningstar

March 13, 2020

What’s Down With Treasury Yields?

To my surprise, the Treasury bond’s hypothetical result doesn’t trail that of every single mutual fund that has posted a 30-year return. Two gold-related funds, two Japanese equity specialists, and one perpetually misguided bear have fared worse.

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KraneShares Advisors

March 12, 2020

Trump Address Doesn’t Calm Markets, China New Cases Drop To New Low

Asian equity markets plunged following President Trump’s speech fell flat with investors. What was missing? The lack of fiscal stimulus, recognizing issues in test kits and limiting domestic travel stand out to me relative to responses in China, South Korea and Japan. However, a stronger response is likely being drawn up as we speak.

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WisdomTree

March 12, 2020

It Just Doesn’t Matter

The February jobs report was rock-solid, but alas, the collective market viewpoint is that it represents ‘old news’. This point is fair, and I don’t disagree, but wouldn’t you want to have the US economy on a solid footing heading into this COVID-19 situation rather than the alternative?

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Benzinga

March 11, 2020

How Will The Market Volatility Impact Community Banks?

A trio of catalysts in recent weeks has sent shockwaves through the markets. And though it’s too soon to tell how the coronavirus will impact the U.S. economy, the Federal Reserve’s emergency 0.5% rate cut has immediate ramifications for the banking sector.

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