March 05, 2024

Fixed Income Insights - March 2024

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Are US Treasuries preparing for a return to Goldilocks?

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Despite G7 goods disinflation, long government yields backed up further in February, after stronger US data showed the economy’s resilience. Equity market out-performance drove further credit gains, led by high yield, as the risk rally continues and similarities with Goldilocks increase. China and EM remain safe havens among government bonds.

Key highlights:

  • Macro and policy backdrop – Goods inflation falls sharply but easing awaits lower services inflation
  • Yields, curves and spreads – Bear inversion continued in February, while US spreads widen 
  • Credit and MBS analysis – Credit remains in a sweet spot, led by Euro and EM in investment grade
  • High yield credit analysis –  High yield credit benefits from short duration and global risk rally
  • Sovereign and climate bonds – Green sovereigns underperformed in February due to extra duration
  • Performance – Another tough month for G7 longs, as China, EM and credit outperform again

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