March 17, 2020 —Financial markets have experienced extreme turmoil, with the damage not limited to the equity or taxable bond market. Typically viewed as a safe haven during times of stock market duress, munis have also experienced extreme levels of volatility that surpass 2008 crisis levels and are approaching October 1987 values.
Learn about investing in bonds in a rising interest rate environment. Interest rates and the prices of bonds have an inverse relationship, meaning when interest rates rise, bond prices will decline.There is no single profile of a rising rate environment, as small incremental increases over an extended period of time will more easily allow the markets to adjust, while larger increases over a shorter time period could prove more disruptive.
March 20, 2018—As investors, one of our most important jobs at this point in the market cycle is watching for red flags that could signal the beginning of a bear market (often defined as a -20% selloff). One indicator that acted as such a red flag during the financial crisis was the spread, or difference, between the London interbank offered rate (LIBOR) and the Overnight Index Swap (OIS) rate.