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March 2020 Monthly Review

March 2020 will be remembered as one of the most historic months in US history for the global pandemic, and the impact it had on global markets as the United States has become the new epicenter for COVID-19. Last month and the first quarter of 2020, many investors were reminded of the pitfalls of “chasing yield” and not owning fixed income assets outright. Even the safest bond sectors can experience long periods of volatility.

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February 2020 Monthly Review

Coming into 2020, most investors believed the upcoming US election would prove to be the main market-moving catalyst, however due to the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) and its global reach, February 2020 will be recorded as a historic month for global markets ending in an unprecedented multi-day panic in risk markets.

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Fed Cuts Benchmark Rate 50 Basis Points in Emergency Move to Protect US Economic Expansion

This morning, the Federal Reserve cut its benchmark rate by a half percentage point in an effort to limit potential economic disruptions from the coronavirus. Markets became quite volatile immediately following the announcement. Initially, stocks went up, moved down and then up again. The yield curve shifted substantially lower, but the most noted change was the steepening of the yield curve.

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Historic Low Rates in Longer Treasury Maturities - What Does It Mean?

Due to the growing concern around the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) and the panic it is causing across global risk markets, the benchmark rates in 10-year and 30-year US Treasury securities have breached all-time low yields. We believe in this current situation, the bond market is providing asset diversification and a proper hedge against the negative performance in risk assets.

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January 2020 Monthly Review

January was filled with what felt like enough geopolitical and global macro catalysts to fill a calendar year. Initially, markets enjoyed a continuation of the Santa Claus rally that began in December, but as the month progressed, global market fears were raised.

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