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U.S. ECONOMY: MORE QE ON THE WAY?

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Yield opportunities are on the rise

Market Snapshot

Current market uncertainties are generating potential opportunities for income investors.


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Investment Insights
Sep 24
Investment Insights

Municipal Market Update: August

September 24, 2019

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

Investment Insights
Sep 12
Investment Insights

A changing reaction function

Fed Rates: More than Mere Insurance Cuts

September 12, 2019

The Fed is becoming more focused on realized inflation and growth, and should remain accommodative even if global growth turns out to be more resilient than currently believed.

Market Outlook
Aug 29
Market Outlook

Q3 2019 Market Commentary

The Shifting Investment Landscape

August 29, 2019

Despite drastic changes in the investment backdrop, short-term pessimism about growth is overdone and higher rates are likely only in the distant future.

Market Outlook
Aug 15
Market Outlook

Global Credit Cycle: End of the Party?

August 15, 2019

Why Western Asset believes the current positive phase of the credit cycle will likely continue.

Market Outlook
Aug 06
Market Outlook

Rate Cut Now, No Promises for Tomorrow

August 06, 2019

There's reason and room for more rate cuts ahead, but it's unclear if that includes September.

Market Outlook
Aug 05
Market Outlook

Commercial Real Estate Finance

Real Estate Lending: The CLO Factor

August 05, 2019

These real-estate loan securities are growing in number, requiring strong, fundamentals-based analysis.

Market Outlook
Jul 10
Market Outlook

3Q 2019 Market & Strategy Update

Central Banks: At the Ready

July 10, 2019

The Fed and other central banks have started focusing on core inflation outcomes - a decisive policy shift which suggests that rates will be "low for longer" than previously expected.

Investment Insights
Jul 03
Investment Insights

Muni Update

Municipal Credit and Natural Disasters

July 03, 2019

As threatening as natural disasters can be, their impact on the municipal bond market remains fairly muted.

Market Outlook
Jul 03
Market Outlook

Focus on the Economy

Yield Curve Inversion: Are We There Yet?

July 03, 2019

Despite widespread worries about the yield curve, what we've seen recently is not a true inversion. But preventing that from occurring is one reason the Fed could move to lower rates later this year.

Investment Insights
Jun 24
Investment Insights

Understanding the causes

Falling Inflation: Moving the Fed?

June 24, 2019

What's behind the persistently low inflation that could drive the Fed to cut rates this year? A host of factors suggest the Fed's 2% target for inflation is overly optimistic.

Market Outlook
Jun 20
Market Outlook

June Meeting Analysis

The Fed: An Ounce of Prevention

June 20, 2019

Wednesday's Fed statement makes a rate cut in July the base case for investors, with a 25-basis-point move most likely.

Investment Insights
Jun 17
Investment Insights

Trade Wars: Frontline Update

June 17, 2019

Though still highly unlikely, we do not entirely rule out an all-out trade war. It would take near-complete disruption of trade flows to threaten recession in the US.

Investment Insights
Jun 14
Investment Insights

Policy Matters

Fed Rate Cut: What Would It Take?

June 14, 2019

The bond market has already priced in cuts later this year. Though possibly ahead of itself in terms of timing, the market’s call on the direction of rates looks right, notes Western Asset’s John Bellows.

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