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FOREIGN FACTORS

Foreign buying of U.S. bonds has slowed over recent years but remains a firm source of demand in the domestic bond market. Foreign purchases are likely to continue to take a backseat to economic growth and Federal Reserve interest rate expectations as a driver of bond prices and yields.

SOFT START TO Q2

Bonds started the second quarter on a weak note as investors anticipate economic improvement during the second quarter. However, bond market pricing indicates the Fed may never get back to “normal” and that rates will remain lower for longer. We expect yields to start to move higher in the second quarter, but until more clarity develops, bonds yields may drift at the lower end of their recent range.​

TRANSITIONING TO A RANGE TRADE

We believe the solid Q1 2015 broad bond market performance is unlikely to be sustainable for the duration of the year. The development of a range-bound environment may slow returns in the coming months.​

MUNICIPAL SUPPLY SURGE

The sharp increase in new municipal issuance has been driven by issuers refinancing existing debt, making the recent surge far less of a risk to the market. We do not see recent new issuance changing the favorable supply-demand underpinning the municipal bond market.

BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO

The high-yield energy sector has kept pace with the broader high-yield bond market in 2015 even as oil prices weakened, a notable difference from 2014. Although we don’t believe the high-yield bond market will return to the June 2014 peak, the current yield spread may still represent good value given still strong corporate fundamentals and low defaults.

 
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