Quarterly Market Perspective: First Quarter 2021
Markets posted mixed returns over the last few months. Stocks gained, but bonds declined as interest rates rose, due to an improving economy. In our latest video, we discuss how we're focusing on investments that may benefit from stronger economic growth and rising inflation, and why we believe the U.S. economy is progressing toward mid-cycle expansion.
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Our latest video discusses the outlook for bonds, where we see potential opportunities in the bond market, and what history teaches us about current market conditions.
Generally, among asset classes stocks are more volatile than bonds or short-term instruments and can decline significantly in response to adverse issuer, political, regulatory, market, or economic developments. Although the bond market is also volatile, lower-quality debt securities including leveraged loans generally offer higher yields compared to investment grade securities, but also involve greater risk of default or price changes. Foreign markets can be more volatile than U.S. markets due to increased risks of adverse issuer, political, market or economic developments, all of which are magnified in emerging markets.
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