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How Inflation and the Economic Environment are Impacting Fixed Income

After the first half of the year included steep declines in stock and bond prices, inflation hitting its highest levels in decades, and aggressive rate hikes, can the Fed usher in a soft landing? Weitz Investments portfolio managers Tom Carney, CFA, and Nolan Anderson share their views on the current economic environment, the bond market, where they're finding opportunities, and their outlook for forward returns.

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