Global Fixed Income Bulletin
Aug 2018
Awaiting ‘Peak’ Trade Noise

Global Fixed Income Bulletin

Awaiting ‘Peak’ Trade Noise

Awaiting ‘Peak’ Trade Noise

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Aug 2018


August 2018

It seems that the news cycle has been as important as fundamentals in pricing financial assets. But, there comes a time when valuations get stretched too far and even though there has not been an improvement in the news flow/fundamentals, markets can rally. July was such a month. Risky assets rallied and risk free assets sold off. However, eventually prices cannot keep going up unless fundamentals improve and/or risks decline. August is looking like a critical juncture for both trade talks and the Italian budget. In other words, volatility may return. Our current strategy is to remain somewhat cautious, do not chase higher prices (lower yields) and wait for prices to reach attractive levels. We believe both economic and technical pressures point to higher U.S. Treasury yields, though we remain of the belief 10-year maturities will struggle to sustain yields much over 3% unless the rest of the global economy improves.

The Global Fixed Income team follows a seamless process with a global outlook. They seek to identify and capture the potential value in situations where the market's implied forecasts are extreme.

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