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For Fixed Income in 2021, a Good Defense is Still the Best Offense


Tom and Nolan break down some of the challenges facing fixed income investors today — including the combination of low interest rates and tight credit spreads that have resulted in record-low yields across the fixed income marketplace. For example, the starting yield to worst (lowest possible yield without defaulting) for the U.S. investment grade corporate index entered 2021 at a record-low level.

With this challenging environment as a backdrop, Tom and Nolan share insights into where they're finding opportunities, today's portfolio positioning, and more.

View the full video transcript here.




Fixed Income Insights / 01.13.2021

Legends Live On

We have described the market turmoil of 2020 as being like a hurricane, and we are pleased to have navigated it adeptly. As we face a future filled with uncertainties, we believe we're strongly positioned to weather storms ahead, and to do so with invaluable experience to guide our decisions.
Video Insights / 01.20.2021

2021 Outlook

Weitz equity portfolio managers Wally Weitz, Brad Hinton, and Drew Weitz join Asset TV for a review of last year's challenges, what the new presidential administration could mean for the markets, and thoughts on possible light at the end of the tunnel for the COVID-19 pandemic. 




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Chart: Path of long-term Treasury rate over last 40+ years. Source: Bloomberg as of 02/04/21.

Chart: U.S. Investment-Grade Starting Yield to Worst vs. Year-End Total Return. Source: CreditSights, ICE BofA Indices. This data represents the effective start-of-year (Jan. 1) yield to worst of the ICE BofA US Corporate Index which tracks the performance of U.S. dollar denominated investment-grade rated corporate debt publicly issued in the U.S. domestic market.

Yield to Worst refers to the lowest potential yield (most conservative yield) that can be received on a bond without the issuer actually defaulting. YTW is calculated by using worst-case scenario provisions, including prepayments, calls and sinking funds. Furthermore, YTW is a forward-looking estimate that ignores capital gains.

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