From Here to Normality: Fixed Income Investing Amid Shifting Interest Rates

A New Fixed Income Landscape Emerges

During the course of the past several years, the US Federal Reserve (Fed) has implemented extraordinary monetary stimulus to help combat the lingering effects of the financial crisis. These extensive quantitative easing efforts and zero interest rate policy have been joined by central banks around the globe focusing on jumpstarting their own economies. Though not necessarily synchronized from a timing standpoint, the net result has been extremely accommodative interest rate policies worldwide that have been one of the primary drivers of capital market returns post crisis.

It appears that the healing process for the US economy is finally gaining enough traction for the Fed to begin unwinding these measures and take the first steps toward a more normalized policy environment.

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