THE WisdomTree BLOG
The first Federal Open Market Committee meeting of 2019 is now on the books. The policy statement provided further evidence that the Fed is going about things in a different way than investors have been accustomed to over the last few years. Is this decision-making process the “new” normal?
As we finished off 2018 and entered the new calendar year, expectations for future Federal Reserve policy actions were altered dramatically. We highlight how Chairman Jerome Powell and the rest of the FOMC appear to be reacting to recent U.S. stock market activity.
The U.S. Federal Reserve has already weighed in on their policy guidance earlier this month. While the lion’s share of the focus has been Fed-centric on this front, it seems like a good exercise to check in on what expectations look like for the remainder of the developed world’s key monetary policymakers.
Down in the “lower 48,” a central topic of fixed income discussion has revolved around the state of the U.S. credit market—specifically, the investment-grade and high-yield arenas. Are Canadian-dollar corporates experiencing performance similar to their U.S. counterparts? If so, is there room for further improvement?
Through the first nine months of the year, the global fixed income markets continued to defy the odds. Indeed, year-to-date, a variety of bond arenas posted visible positive performances, continuing the trend that investors have been accustomed to for almost two years now.