The active/passive debate frequently focuses on equities, where active approaches have historically underperformed passive strategies. The story is decidedly different in the world of fixed income, where active managers can more easily exploit mispricing and other inefficiencies.
Value has its day in the sun. But are investors learning the right lessons from it?
Uncertainty always exists in financial markets.
A busy summer on the fiscal front in Washington that’s seen progress on budget and infrastructure legislation could soon give way to another showdown over the U.S. statutory debt ceiling, potentially signaling volatility for investors in the months ahead.
In this edition, Chris Brightman, chief executive officer and chief investment officer of Research Affiliates, explains their outlook on long-term inflation and discusses how investors can prepare for this risk.
There are many potential advantages to investing in tax-exempt municipal bonds, but not all advisors are aware of additional strategies and investment vehicles that can help them meet muni-focused client needs.
Just over a year ago, the biggest prevailing worry in the Canadian financial system was the risk of house prices falling in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Encouraging goal-oriented investing and better-balanced decisions in retirement.
In our baseline forecast, the recent decline in U.S. Treasury yields will reverse somewhat, as some of the near-term factors pressuring yields lower ebb.
With global growth rebounding amid uncertainties over inflation and COVID-19 variants, investors may want to consider a somewhat more cautious and flexible approach when seeking a consistent yield.
The Fed stopped short of providing “advance notice,” but a December tapering announcement remains likely.
Over the next 10 years, the global automotive industry is expected to face one of the most significant changes in its history – the replacement of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles with electric vehicles (EVs).
The global economy is in a mid-cycle expansion, following peaks in policy support and growth, and what is likely a transitory spike in inflation. We expect global growth to moderate to a still above-trend pace in 2022.
Global demand for consumer goods has rebounded since the second half of 2020, driven initially by large government stimulus packages and, more recently, by resilient capital expenditures and swift vaccination rollouts in most developed markets.
A bipartisan deal on infrastructure spending would likely be followed by a separate partisan deal funded by tax increases.
Leveraged loan issuers have lagged other fixed income market issuers in moving to SOFR as a reference rate, posing potential risks to investors as the year-end deadline approaches.
Over the past few months, economic recoveries have been uneven across regions and sectors.
Managed futures strategies have historically delivered attractive returns over the long run with low equity correlations.
A brief monthly update on what's happening in the municipal bond market.
PIMCO’s annual ESG Summit – hosted virtually this year – aimed to help participants keep pace with the rapidly evolving landscape of environmental, social and governance issues within the world of investing, with a particular focus on the transition to net-zero emissions.
Expectations for COP26, the importance of issuer engagement, and growth in sustainability-linked bonds were among the many topics covered.
Natural herd immunity in predominantly young emerging markets populations looks set to offset slower vaccine rollouts, setting the stage for a resurgence in economic growth.
In late 2020, China launched an anti-trust campaign focused mainly on big technology firms, aiming to crack down on what the government views as monopolistic practices.
We believe the U.S. is undergoing a large price-level adjustment, not shifting to a persistently higher inflation regime.
Momentum in China’s property market remains strong so far in 2021, driven by healthy demand for housing.
As regulators push to transition away from Libor, sales of Treasuries linked to the successor rate could boost the new benchmark’s credibility and expand nascent markets for related debt and derivatives.
As expected, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) announced no changes to its administered rates following its April meeting, and Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell did not provide new information about the Fed’s bond-buying programs.
Nuclear decommissioning trusts (NDTs), the pools of money accumulated over decades used to dismantle nuclear power plants and safely dispose of radioactive materials, allocate about 40% of their assets to fixed income securities.
Since the disruptions that roiled financial markets in March 2020, investors have turned more to cash and other short-term instruments typically associated with risk aversion and preservation of capital and liquidity.
On April 21 the Governing Council of the Bank of Canada (BoC) will meet to discuss monetary policy.
Computer chips, or semiconductors, power everything from cars to consumer electronics, such as PCs, gaming consoles and smartphones.
We forecast a strong global recovery in 2021 amid significant fiscal support, accommodative monetary policy, diminishing lockdowns, and accelerating vaccinations.
Democrats could begin working on a tax bill later this year, but resulting tax hikes may be weaker and less of a headwind to growth than some fear.
Stock market bulls can find reassurance in the equity risk premium, which suggests stocks are valued fairly or slightly expensive.
The Federal Reserve on 19 March announced that the temporary changes to its supplemental leverage ratio, or SLR, will expire as scheduled on 31 March.
Following its March meeting, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) released a statement and summary of economic projections (SEP).
As the latest COVID-19 relief bill winds through the U.S. Congress, some economists have been warning that too much stimulus could lead to the economy overheating
Longer-dated Treasury yields have climbed as markets consider whether economic growth and inflation expectations might accelerate more rapidly. We believe inflation pressures will remain in check and bond yields will be range-bound.
China’s economy should see a soft landing as stimulus is reduced, but the drag on global growth may place a burden on developed economies to keep stimulus taps open for longer.
One year since the inception of one of the most severe recessions in modern history, women’s engagement in the labor force is crucial to the economic recovery.
As International Women’s Day approaches, three PIMCO executives share their perspectives on diversity in the workplace.
Target date funds should be designed to reduce the risk of rash selling.
A large fiscal package geared toward pandemic relief will likely boost U.S. growth even further in 2021, but long-term inflationary risks are still balanced.
Political change, continued fiscal support will drive municipal markets in 2021, although outcomes are likely to vary.
It’s tempting these days for some investors to question the role of fixed income in portfolios. After all, real yields have plunged, potentially leading to less income today and smaller capital gains tomorrow.
A clear communication strategy is crucial to managing market expectations around changes in Federal Reserve asset purchases and interest rate policy.
A holistic LDI portfolio may provide a superior liability hedge.
Despite seeing major market swings following the 2016 Brexit referendum, we don’t expect Britain’s departure from the European Union (EU) to have any major economic effects in our baseline outlook for 2021 and beyond. Far more important are COVID-19, fiscal policy, and bigger questions around future productivity growth.
A confluence of dynamics are set to accelerate global capital flows to emerging markets amid attractive valuations.