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Fixed-Income Outlook: Finding Relative Value with One Eye on Global Central Banks

August 17, 2016

Our third quarter 2016 report, details our current fixed-income strategy, economic outlook and where we see relative value.

Report Highlights

After the Brexit vote surprised the many market participants who had positioned themselves for the opposite outcome, the market panicked. Market stability—and then a rally—only arrived once central banks promised liquidity support. Looking ahead, it is likely that we will experience further volatility before the year is out. The situation in Europe and Japan is reaching a tipping point as policymakers decide whether to stand pat and wait for incoming data, or take more action as conditions worsen. Their decisions (and the Fed’s) carry significant investment implications.

Find out where our fixed-income investment team is finding relative value in a world of low and negative rates and uncertain monetary policy.

  • Our Macroeconomic Research team expects solid near-term growth in U.S. underpinned by strength in the consumer sector, but the Fed likely will remain on hold until December 2016.
  • Slow and steady economic growth, a cautious Fed, low interest rates, and improving oil market supply-demand fundamentals have created a favorable environment for fixed-income markets.
  • The global macroeconomic backdrop, and the central banks’ willingness to continue their accommodative policies, should support risk assets going forward.
  • Our oil price model calls for seasonal weakness in the second half of 2016 before prices rise to $55 by mid-2017.
  • We see value in energy and basic materials credits, as well as technology and media companies.
  • In securitized products, we continue to find value in new-issue aircraft lease transactions, and in collateralized loan obligations backed by loans to middle market companies.
 

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This article is distributed for informational purposes only and should not be considered as investing advice or a recommendation of any particular security, strategy or investment product. This article contains opinions of the author but not necessarily those of Guggenheim Partners or its subsidiaries. The author’s opinions are subject to change without notice. Forward looking statements, estimates, and certain information contained herein are based upon proprietary and non-proprietary research and other sources. Information contained herein has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but are not assured as to accuracy. No part of this article may be reproduced in any form, or referred to in any other publication, without express written permission of Guggenheim Partners, LLC. ©2016, Guggenheim Partners. Past performance is not indicative of future results. There is neither representation nor warranty as to the current accuracy of, nor liability for, decisions based on such information.
 



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