Can bonds still save the day?
- Our traditional understanding is that bond prices go up when stock prices go down. This has not been the case in 2018, however, as stocks sold off in the first quarter and bonds have also posted negative returns.
- The reversal of an established trend has led some to question whether bonds remain a good investment and, more importantly, whether they can still act as a hedge to stocks. The short answer is yes, but investors need to be nimble with bonds going forward and broaden their opportunity set.
- This week’s Thought for the Week further explores these questions by looking at historical bond market trends.