First Quarter 2023 Fixed-Income Sector Views
The emerging theme from our Sector Teams in this edition of Fixed Income Sector Views is that the market has come around to the view that the Federal Reserve’s (Fed) hiking cycle is nearing its end. This is an important and bullish transition in investor psychology and has led asset allocators to rethink their exposure to fixed income. The subsequent recovery in credit has been disproportionate and led to some dispersion among sectors. This presents a compelling opportunity for some opportunistic repositioning. Most attractive to us are the dislocations in higher quality structured credit, where spreads remain historically wide relative to corporate credit. In addition, significantly discounted dollar prices offer attractive convexity and total return potential. While future Fed policy is uncertain and the risk of recession is rising, fixed income can again add both income and correlation benefits to a diversified portfolio.
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