The outlook for fixed income after the summer of discontent

What a summer we have had in bond markets! The US and French bank downgrade, limited policy flexibility, aftermath of the Japan earthquake, rising commodity prices and sovereign and banking concerns already had markets on edge. A further deterioration in leading economic indicators has proved to be the straw that broke the camel’s back, leading to a sustained bout of risk aversion causing volatility, fear, and opportunity.

Richard Woolnough recently did a teleconference that covered the main themes we are currently interested in on the bond desk and how his funds are positioned. There was also an opportunity for clients and press to ask Richard questions on the outlook.

The value of investments will fluctuate, which will cause prices to fall as well as rise and you may not get back the original amount you invested. Past performance is not a guide to future performance.

Categorised as: macro and politics

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  1. Justin Pugsley says:

    It looks like the Summer of discontent will quickly morph into the Winter of discontent and I’m not talking about public sector strikes. 

    With economic growth becoming an endangered species in the West, I suspect we will have more sovereign and bank downgrades and more turmoil in the markets.

    Unless of course Eurozone politicians get their act together — a big ask admittedly — and do something credible about their imploding currency zone. A show of decisiveness from the US would help to. It may help restore some confidence in the markets and maybe the economy.  

    Posted on: 15/09/11 | 9:25 am
  2. Katie Leaver says:

    Not so long ago we were seeing reports of a recovery, how quickly the situation has changed.
    Katie Leaver, London Loves Jobs 

    Posted on: 16/09/11 | 9:35 am

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