Higher for longer inflation and policy rates become more than a tail risk
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Fed concerns about inflation were vindicated by stronger January data. Expectations on rates are now more defensive, as markets adjust to “higher for longer” risks on rates, but deep curve inversion gives no reward for duration risk. HY credits outperformed, helped by short duration. Chinese bonds remained a safe haven.
- Growth & inflation expectations – Doubts about soft landing for inflation increase?
- Yields, curves and spreads – Central bank caution prevails as bearish inversion develops
- Performance – Duration proves the unreliable friend again in February
- Sovereign and climate bonds – Relative performance dominated by country weights and duration
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