2023 Outlook: Fixed Income

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“The good news for 2023 is that fixed income has its last name back…” says Gene Tannuzzo, global head of fixed income. While he maintains a sense of caution on the economic outlook, he explains why he believes there are several areas in fixed income that can do well in 2023.
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The good news for 2023 is that fixed income has its last name back, meaning yields are higher, there is really income to be earned.

There are several areas that I think can do well in 2023, in particular with higher Treasury yields and also higher risk premiums. I think there are three areas in particular that can perform quite well. The first is the agency mortgage backed securities market. This is a government guaranteed market. But given the elevated level of interest rates now provide yields near 6%, that can provide very attractive outcomes in a high quality asset class. We also think investment grade corporate bonds can do quite well. These are companies with low leverage and high credit quality that don't have a lot of economic volatility. So if the economy goes into a weak patch, they can be well prepared to handle that. But again, their yields are also much higher than they have been historically. We also like municipal bonds in 2023. Municipals are an area that, as inflation has risen, that has actually improved the tax revenue base of a lot of municipalities. And municipal bonds are trading at yields on a tax exempt basis that we haven't seen in two decades. So really an attractive entry point for investors who need that tax exempt income.

While I might have a sense of caution on the economic outlook, I have a tremendous sense of optimism for future returns in the bond market. Investors need to remember that higher yields provide a sense of cushion against future volatility. At the beginning of 2022, yields were exceptionally low. There was no cushion. Yields are significantly higher now. And even if we see a Federal Reserve that is continuing to raise interest rates to fight inflation, the starting cushion is significant and can buffer a lot of potential volatility and smooth that ride for investors such that future returns can be much more attractive.



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