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August 19, 2021

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August 19, 2021


Looking at the performance of U.S. Treasuries (and other developed government bond markets) in both nominal and real terms, one could be forgiven if one believed the economy was sinking, the Fed was easing, and/or inflation was falling. Nothing could be farther from the truth! Other financial asset prices are sending a different message. Indeed, the U.S. and global economy are doing just fine, even if growth is not turning out to be quite as strong as expected a few months ago. But, even most of that can be explained by supply side/production problems. Aggregate demand remains robust; economic reopening (as measured by performance of the ISM services index) is improving and employment growth is robust (especially given the recent July report released August 6th). Other asset prices are sending the signal that all is well on the economic front as equities continue to rally and credit spreads remain relatively firm. What gives?


In fact, this phenomenon began earlier in Q2; it’s just that July’s rally has taken yields much lower than almost anyone had expected (circa 1.2% on the U.S. Treasury 10-year note). To put things in perspective, real yields made new lows in July, meaning they are now lower than they were at the peak of the pandemic or at the low in nominal yields in September of last year. During this period, as we all know, inflation continued to surprise to the upside, on all measures, even taking into account supply disruptions and Covid-induced anomalies. Not surprisingly this has elicited worrisome comments from several Fed officials and market participants.

Market analysts have put forward a whole host of reasons for the surprisingly strong performance of government bonds. Technicals, not fundamentals, is what we hear most. This explanation encompasses a whole host of explanatory factors including expectation adjustments, market positioning (less likely in July although news of some large losses at a hedge fund does suggest a market imbalance remained), Delta variant fears, relatively high U.S. yields compared to other countries, excess reserves in banking sector, Treasury funding and its balances at the Fed, and hawkishness of some Fed officials. The explanation is probably all of the above but, most importantly, the largest contributor is excess liquidity/savings in the world. In a world awash with cash and cash yields zero almost everywhere, money has to go somewhere.

Where does that leave us? Government bond yields everywhere are unlikely to go lower even with the Delta variant complicating return to work and reduced social distancing. Central banks want easy policy but nowhere have they said they want easier policy! With real yields plummeting in the U.S. and elsewhere, this constitutes material easing of financial conditions. With economies growing strongly; inflation rising; inflation expectations more importantly no longer low or falling, central banks should not want to increase accommodation further. Indeed, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Norway have already taken measures to reduce accommodation (not embark on tightening, mind you, just reducing accommodations no longer needed). However, to send bond yields back up, markets need a catalyst and we believe that catalyst is likely to be time: Time for labor markets to continue to heal; time for central banks to be confident economies will not falter; time for higher inflation expectations to stabilize. This could easily begin in the fourth quarter.

Display 1: Asset Performance Year-to-Date

Note: USD-based performance. Source: Bloomberg. Data as of July 31, 2021. The indexes are provided for illustrative purposes only and are not meant to depict the performance of a specific investment. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. See index definitions below.

Display 2: Currency Monthly Changes Versus U.S. Dollar

Note: Positive change means appreciation of the currency against the USD. Source: Bloomberg. Data as of July 31, 2021.

Display 3: Major Monthly Changes in 10-Year Yields and Spreads

Source: Bloomberg, JPMorgan. Data as of July 31, 2021.


Fixed Income Outlook  

Aside from the sharp rally in government bonds, not a whole lot has changed over the last month. Equities grind higher (albeit with a lot of dispersion), credit spreads—both high yield and investment grade—remain well supported, if not a little soft on the back of elevated supply. From this perspective asset allocation views have not changed. The rally in government bonds came to a halt on August 6th with the strong U.S. employment report, but that may not be the last we’ve heard from that sector. While the data confirmed the Fed’s expectations that good progress is being made on the economic and particularly employment front, “substantial” progress is likely still a bit away. A few more months of data, particularly those encompassing the back to school and back to work and ending of Federal supplemental unemployment benefits will be necessary to cement in confidence that the economy no longer needs emergency like accommodative monetary conditions. Then and only then will the Fed and probably other central banks be confident that there will be no back sliding. Certainly, the surge in Covid cases due to the spread of the Delta variant has not made the decision easier. That said, there have been no signals that central banks view the Delta variant as completely derailing the recovery.

Consensus that the Fed will give guidance on tapering in September looks reasonable with actual tapering most likely starting early 2022. The next big issue for the Fed and the market will be what this means for the path of rate hikes. This issue remains to be hashed out and will be a source of market volatility in the months ahead. Another major source of volatility will be the discrepancy between current market forecasts of the terminal Fed funds rate of 1.5% and the Fed’s forecast of it being 2.5%. Who is right will determine the extent to which yields can rise above previous highs of approximately 1.75% on the U.S. Treasury 10-year note. We believe a terminal rate of around 2% is reasonable which pushes fair value of 10-year U.S. Treasuries to around 1.75%, near previous high earlier this year. Whether this happens this year or next will be highly data dependent and how economic data and inflation expectations evolve over the next few months.

Economic data released in July showed a very strong U.S. and global economy, even if a little softer than earlier envisaged. Nonetheless, the U.S. economy grew in real terms at more than a 6.5% annualized rate in Q2 and at more than a 16% annualized rate in nominal terms. Even if the economy slows next year to 4%, that is still strong enough to reduce unemployment back to pre-Covid levels in 2022, a pre-condition for the Fed to raise rates. That said, risks still abound with respect to the Delta variant as all of this strong data, including the July employment report, occurred before the Delta induced Covid surge, at least in the U.S. Optimism is the right attitude, dosed with a small amount of concern. Data watching will be in strong vogue in the weeks ahead.

As mentioned earlier, nothing significantly changed in the fundamental outlook to cause changes in asset allocation. Credit market valuations remain high but deservedly so given macro fundamentals and the liquidity the corporate sector has been able to acquire. Defaults and downgrades are at rock bottom levels and deservedly so. Outside of specific idiosyncratic risks to particular industries, like energy, or certain companies involved in reopening/disruption risks, the corporate outlook has never been better as seen by continued record earnings results. We continue to overweight HY, securitized credit and more cyclical IG sectors to reflect these sound fundamentals even though bargains do not exist. If U.S. Treasury yields (or European government bond yields) move higher we could see spreads tighten anew. In the interim, owning these sectors for their carry makes excellent sense.

Emerging markets (EM) as they are wont to do represent a mixed bag. There are a lot of idiosyncratic risks, from politics to monetary and fiscal policies. Several EM central banks including Mexico, Brazil, Chile, and Hungary have seen it necessary to raise rates to rein in inflation expectations despite still in early Covid recovery period. Political noise in countries like Peru have also surfaced as have regulatory clampdowns in China. We remain opportunistic in EM looking at each country on an individual basis and not making broad asset class decisions at the current time. The bottom line is that an investment strategy focused on a continuation of low but gently rising nominal (and in particular real) yields, strong growth (in output and incomes), rising vaccination rates, and stable policy remains intact.


Developed Market (DM) Rate/Foreign Currency (FX)

Monthly Review

In July, concerns around the spread of the Delta variant and its threat on the economic recovery consumed markets. The prospect of high inflation seemingly took a back seat in investors’ minds, as the sustainability of the economic rebound caused a new wave of concern. Yields fell sharply over the month across the developed markets, with the 10-year Treasury yield ending the month at 1.22%. The U.S. Dollar traded sideways to slightly weaker over the month.


Recent data and information flow continue to imply 2021 and 2022 economic activity will be very strong, even if recent data is coming out weaker than expected (except for inflation which is still surprising to the upside). Rising case counts as a result of the Delta variant now present a potential headwind to the U.S. and global economy getting back to trend growth. Even though some economies have recovered quicker from the COVID-19 economic shock than anticipated, they are still operating significantly below their estimated capacity, especially in the services sector.

We expect the current high elevated inflation to continue, with year-over-year rates only declining in 2H22. While inflation has continued to surprise to the upside, it is still our view that the surge is mainly transitory, due to base effects, higher commodity prices, temporary bottlenecks in the economy and statistical issues. In the coming months, we also expect central banks to begin to slow or to announce their intention to begin slowing asset purchases. We judge G10 currencies to be close to their medium term fair values. The USD no longer benefits from notably better than expected economic data than other G10 economies, and the Fed is probably in the middle of the pack in terms of its dovishness.

Emerging Market (EM) Rate/FX                                        

Monthly Review

EM debt returns were positive overall in July. Hard currency, as represented by the JPM EMBI Global Diversified, returned, 0.4%, predominantly driven by lower U.S. Treasury yields. EM Corporates were also positive for the month according to the JPM CEMBI Broad Diversified Index, with high yield underperforming investment grade corporates. Local currency bonds posted negative returns, due to weaker EM currencies versus the U.S. dollar. From a sectoral perspective, companies in the Pulp & Paper, TMT and Industrial sectors led the market, while those in the Real Estate, Metals & Mining and Utilities sectors underperformed.


Despite ample monetary policy support in the developed world and attractive valuations of EM assets, we notice a marginal deterioration in market sentiment as of late. We remain cautious on EM Fixed Income assets in the weeks ahead on the back of disappointing data on the spreading Delta variant and plateauing vaccination.


Monthly Review

Credit spreads over the month were flat in Europe and widened in the U.S. Risk-free yields moved lower globally, as curves flattened with long- dated paper outperforming. News on increased cases of the Delta variant were a key driver of sentiment although vaccinations continued to roll- out and economies like the UK saw restrictions lifted as the summer holidays started. In addition, volatility was seen in Chinese credits which led to negative ripple effects outwards, following concerns that government intervention was increasing in housing, health and education.

Market Outlook

We remain fundamentally constructive on credit, although valuations look fully priced. We expect financial conditions to remain easy, which will support the continuation of the rebound in economic activity, and low corporate default rates. We expect corporates to maintain conservative strategies as overall macro uncertainty remains high. Finally, there is likely continued demand for credit in general, as risk-free assets offer negative real and nominal yields.

Securitized Products

Monthly Review

July was another active month of new issuance and relatively quiet month of secondary trading activity. Interest rate volatility increased, with the market testing lower rate levels, as concerns over a slowing economic recovery and renewed threats from the COVID Delta-variant weighed on the market. Agency mortgage backed securities (MBS) spreads widened in July as volatility increased, bank buying of agency MBS slowed, and talks of potential Fed tapering continued to weigh on the market. U.S. Non-agency residential mortgage- backed securities (RMBS) spreads and commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) spreads were essentially unchanged in July. U.S. asset-backed securities (ABS) spreads were slightly tighter again in July. European RMBS spreads tightened again in July as both new issuance and secondary trading volumes remained very low.


We believe the securitized market offers a unique combination of low duration, attractive yields, and solid credit fundamentals. We expect the new securitized issuance to slow in August which should be a positive technical factor for credit spreads overall. We remain constructive on securitized credit and have a modest credit overweight across our portfolios. We remain cautious on interest rate risk, and we continue to manage the portfolios with relatively short duration.


1 Source: Bloomberg, as of June 30, 2021

The views and opinions expressed are those of the Portfolio Management team as of August 2021 and are subject to change based on market, economic and other conditions. Past performance is not indicative of future results.



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The indexes shown in this report are not meant to depict the performance of any specific investment, and the indexes shown do not include any expenses, fees or sales charges, which would lower performance. The indexes shown are unmanaged and should not be considered an investment. It is not possible to invest directly in an index.

The Bloomberg Barclays Euro Aggregate Corporate Index (Bloomberg Barclays Euro IG Corporate) is an index designed to reflect the performance of the euro-denominated investment-grade corporate bond market.

The Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Corporate Index is the corporate component of the Barclays Global Aggregate index, which provides a broad-based measure of the global investment-grade fixed income markets.

The Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Corporate Index (Bloomberg Barclays U.S. IG Corp) is a broad-based benchmark that measures the investment-grade, fixed-rate, taxable corporate bond market.

The Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Corporate High Yield Index measures the market of USD-denominated, non-investment grade, fixed-rate, taxable corporate bonds. Securities are classified as high yield if the middle rating of Moody’s, Fitch, and S&P is Ba1/BB+/BB+ or below. The index excludes emerging market debt.

The Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Corporate Index is a broad-based benchmark that measures the investment grade, fixed-rate, taxable, corporate bond market.

The Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Corporate Index is a broad-based benchmark that measures the investment grade, fixed-rate, taxable, corporate bond market.

The Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS) Index tracks agency mortgage-backed pass-through securities (both fixed-rate and hybrid ARM) guaranteed by Ginnie Mae (GNMA), Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac (FHLMC). The index is constructed by grouping individual TBA-deliverable MBS pools into aggregates or generics based on program, coupon and vintage. Introduced in 1985, the GNMA, FHLMC and FNMA fixed-rate indexes for 30- and 15-year securities were backdated to January 1976, May 1977 and November 1982, respectively. In April 2007, agency hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) pass-through securities were added to the index.

Consumer Price Index (CPI) is a measure that examines the weighted average of prices of a basket of consumer goods and services, such as transportation, food and medical care.

Euro vs. USD—Euro total return versus U.S. dollar.

German 10YR bonds—Germany Benchmark 10-Year Datastream Government Index; Japan 10YR government bonds —Japan Benchmark 10-Year Datastream Government Index; and 10YR U.S. Treasury—U.S. Benchmark 10-Year Datastream Government Index.

The ICE BofAML European Currency High-Yield Constrained Index (ICE BofAML Euro HY constrained) is designed to track the performance of euro- and British pound sterling-denominated below investment-grade corporate debt publicly issued in the eurobond, sterling

The ICE BofAML U.S. Mortgage-Backed Securities (ICE BofAML U.S. Mortgage Master) Index tracks the performance of U.S. dollar-denominated, fixed-rate and hybrid residential mortgage pass-through securities publicly issued by U.S. agencies in the U.S. domestic market.

The ICE BofAML U.S. High Yield Master II Constrained Index (ICE BofAML U.S. High Yield) is a market value-weighted index of all domestic and Yankee high-yield bonds, including deferred-interest bonds and payment-in-kind securities. Its securities have maturities of one year or more and a credit rating lower than BBB-/Baa3, but are not in default.

The ISM Manufacturing Index is based on surveys of more than 300 manufacturing firms by the Institute of Supply Management. The ISM Manufacturing Index monitors employment, production inventories, new orders and supplier deliveries. A composite diffusion index is created that monitors conditions in national manufacturing based on the data from these surveys.

Italy 10-Year Government Bonds—Italy Benchmark 10-Year Datastream Government Index.

The JP Morgan CEMBI Broad Diversified Index is a global, liquid corporate emerging markets benchmark that tracks U.S.-denominated corporate bonds issued by emerging markets entities.

The JPMorgan Government Bond Index—emerging markets (JPM local EM debt) tracks local currency bonds issued by emerging market governments. The index is positioned as the investable benchmark that includes only those countries that are accessible by most of the international investor base (excludes China and India as of September 2013).

The JPMorgan Government Bond Index Emerging Markets (JPM External EM Debt) tracks local currency bonds issued by emerging market governments. The index is positioned as the investable benchmark that includes only those countries that are accessible by most of the international investor base (excludes China and India as of September 2013).

The JP Morgan Emerging Markets Bond Index Global (EMBI Global) tracks total returns for traded external debt instruments in the emerging markets and is an expanded version of the EMBI+. As with the EMBI+, the EMBI Global includes U.S. dollar-denominated Brady bonds, loans and eurobonds with an outstanding face value of at least $500 million.

The JP Morgan GBI-EM Global Diversified Index is a market-capitalization weighted, liquid global benchmark for U.S.-dollar corporate emerging market bonds representing Asia, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East/Africa.

JPY vs. USD—Japanese yen total return versus U.S. dollar.

The Nikkei 225 Index (Japan Nikkei 225) is a price-weighted index of Japan’s top 225 blue-chip companies on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The MSCI AC Asia ex-Japan Index (MSCI Asia ex-Japan) captures large- and mid-cap representation across two of three developed markets countries (excluding Japan) and eight emerging markets countries in Asia.

The MSCI All Country World Index (ACWI, MSCI global equities) is a free float-adjusted market capitalization weighted index designed to measure the equity market performance of developed and emerging markets. The term "free float" represents the portion of shares outstanding that are deemed to be available for purchase in the public equity markets by investors. The performance of the Index is listed in U.S. dollars and assumes reinvestment of net dividends.

MSCI Emerging Markets Index (MSCI emerging equities) captures large- and mid-cap representation across 23 emerging markets (EM) countries.

The MSCI World Index (MSCI developed equities) captures large and mid-cap representation across 23 developed market (DM) countries.

Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) is an indicator of the economic health of the manufacturing sector.

The Russell 2000® Index is an index that measures the performance of the 2,000 smallest companies in the Russell 3000 Index.

The S&P 500® Index (U.S. S&P 500) measures the performance of the large-cap segment of the U.S. equities market, covering approximately 75 percent of the U.S. equities market. The index includes 500 leading companies in leading industries of the U.S. economy.

S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price NSA Index seeks to measure the value of residential real estate in 20 major U.S. metropolitan areas: Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa and Washington, D.C. 

The S&P/LSTA U.S. Leveraged Loan 100 Index (S&P/LSTA Leveraged Loan Index) is designed to reflect the performance of the largest facilities in the leveraged loan market.

The S&P GSCI Copper Index (Copper), a sub-index of the S&P GSCI, provides investors with a reliable and publicly available benchmark for investment performance in the copper commodity market.

The S&P GSCI Softs (GSCI soft commodities) Index is a sub-index of the S&P GSCI that measures the performance of only the soft commodities, weighted on a world production basis. In 2012, the S&P GSCI Softs Index included the following commodities: coffee, sugar, cocoa and cotton.

Spain 10-Year Government Bonds—Spain Benchmark 10-Year Datastream Government Index.

The Thomson Reuters Convertible Global Focus USD Hedged Index is a market weighted index with a minimum size for inclusion of $500 million (U.S.), 200 million euro (Europe), 22 billion yen, and $275 million (Other) of convertible bonds with an equity link.

U.K. 10YR government bonds—U.K. Benchmark 10-Year Datastream Government Index. For the following Datastream government bond indexes, benchmark indexes are based on single bonds. The bond chosen for each series is the most representative bond available for the given maturity band at each point in time. Benchmarks are selected according to the accepted conventions within each market. Generally, the benchmark bond is the latest issue within the given maturity band; consideration is also given to yield, liquidity, issue size and coupon.

The U.S. Dollar Index (DXY) is an index of the value of the United States dollar relative to a basket of foreign currencies, often referred to as a basket of U.S. trade partners’ currencies.

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