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Are fixed income markets preparing for a return to Goldilocks?

Bond market focus shifted to resilient growth in August, as yields rose. Similarities with the Goldilocks era are emerging as inflation cools, and growth recovers. If 3-6% rates are the new normal, income and carry may supplant duration as key factors. Chinese government bonds and US high yield credit were best performing sectors.

Key highlights:

  • Macro and policy backdrop – Lower inflation but focus shifts to G7 growth and stronger nominal GDP
  • Yields, curves and spreads – Yields, and curves start to resemble the Goldilocks era of 2002-06
  • Sovereign and climate bonds – JGB underperformance, after curve control eases, may weigh on sovereign greenium
  • Performance – Longer duration sovereigns fell in August, apart from China and EM bonds

These reports provide actionable insights on global fixed income markets. They cover shifts in global yield curve and credit spreads, across sovereign, inflation-linked and corporate indexes, and FX-adjusted return performance using proprietary month-end data from our global fixed income indices. 

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Webinar  – Global & Regional Fixed Income Insights: quarterly deep dive - Thursday September 21, 2023

Robin Marshall, Director, Fixed Income and Multi-Asset Research
Sandrine Soubeyran, Director, Global Investment Research

Join the authors of this report on their webinar to hear the answers to key questions facing investors in fixed income markets:

  • Does the recent inflation shock mean the era of zero interest rates is over?
  • Have markets re-entered a world of higher policy rates in which investor focus will shift away from duration, and back to maximising carry, yield and re-investment income?
  • How would a deep debt deflation in China impact the global fixed income outlook?
  • Do labour shortages and steeper Phillips curves mean central banks will be forced to raise inflation targets, to prevent deep recessions?


2pm BST / 9am EDT   2pm HK (for investors in the APAC region)