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VOLATILITY: LOW NOW, BUT…

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Volatility: Low now, but…

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Feb 03
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Economic update

Coronavirus: Assessing the Impact

February 03, 2020

Perspective on how the coronavirus outbreak may impact investments and economic growth in the days ahead.

Market Outlook
Jan 27
Market Outlook

Market & Strategy Update

Steady Growth via Central Banks

January 27, 2020

Central bank dovishness and good fundamentals should support spread product vs. government bonds, along with relatively volatile EM debt.

Investment Insights
Jan 23
Investment Insights

Municipal Market Update: December

January 23, 2020

Western Asset examines recent trends in the muni bond market and provides its outlook about conditions ahead.

Market Outlook
Jan 14
Market Outlook

Federal Reserve Outlook for 2020

January 14, 2020

The Fed’s inflation focus implies a high bar for rate hikes in 2020. Further cuts this year cannot be ruled out if inflation continues to undershoot the Fed’s target.

Investment Insights
Jan 08
Investment Insights

FX Volatility: It May Be Low, But It's Not Cheap

January 08, 2020

Fair value for currency volatility reflects current market conditions.

Investment Insights
Dec 31
Investment Insights

Boris’ Brexit: Where Now?

December 31, 2019

Pessimism surrounding the potential for a positive UK-EU trade deal may be unwarranted.

Investment Insights
Dec 19
Investment Insights

Europe's ESG Regulations: Burden and Benefit

December 19, 2019

The European Commission's plan to increase adoption of ESG principles throughout the region is a positive for bond investors.

Investment Insights
Dec 13
Investment Insights

The ECB: "Wise Owl" Lagarde Takes Over

December 13, 2019

Policy continuity is the name of the game for now -- with the hurdle to cut rates much lower than the hurdle to raise them.

Investment Insights
Dec 12
Investment Insights

The Fed: On hold with a dovish tilt

December 12, 2019

The Fed's focus on below-target inflation leaves the door open to future rate cuts.

Market Outlook
Dec 02
Market Outlook

Fourth Quarter Outlook

Steady, Resilient Growth

December 02, 2019

Looking ahead, we think global growth will slowly improve with inflation remaining modest – continuing to favor spread sectors.

Investment Insights
Nov 21
Investment Insights

Global fixed income

The Cyclical Case for Emerging Markets

November 21, 2019

With Emerging Markets growth projected to accelerate and valuations compelling, debt markets in select EM countries merit careful consideration.

Market Outlook
Nov 06
Market Outlook

Q4 Market and Strategy Update

Global Growth: Slow but Resilient

November 06, 2019

With core inflation below even our more dovish estimates, we expect global growth to remain low by historical standards -- but also resilient.

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