Fixed Income Commentary – January 2021

“A Long December” – Counting Crows Key Takeaways Yields on the back end of the curve saw a bump up in rates as investors absorbed favorable vaccine news. Looking into 2021, bond investors will continue to watch the pace of economic recovery. While there is light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, there are […]

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Fixed Income Commentary – December 2020

“Man Smart, Woman Smarter” – Harry Belafonte Key Takeaways While equity markets hit new highs, US Treasury bond yields changed very little in November. Spreads on corporate and municipal bonds generally tightened during the month. With the 2020 election behind us investors will continue their focus on the speed of economic recovery from the pandemic. […]

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Tapping into Maple – Bond Basics – Understanding Premium and Discount Bonds

When investors purchase bonds they encounter terminologies like premium, discount, or par. Knowing what these words mean can help investors make better decisions about which bonds to purchase and understand how the bonds should behave after they have been added to their portfolio. Generally in life, the term discount signifies a good value. If you […]

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Fixed Income Commentary – November 2020

“Broken halos that used to shine” – Chris Stapleton Key Takeaways Fixed income returns were lackluster in October as Treasury bond yields increased. Despite the run up in yields, absolute yields remain low. In a low yield environment, investors continue to monitor corporate yield spreads over Treasuries to assess risk to reward. Right now, there […]

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Fixed Income Commentary – October 2020

“You Say You Want a Revolution?” – The Beatles Key Takeaways September’s FOMC meeting proved as one of the more notable in recent memory as the Committee confirmed the adoption of “flexible average inflation targeting (FAIT)”. The Fed has laid out a number of conditions that need to be met before raising rates, perhaps because […]

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Economic Commentary – Q3 2020

Falling Leaves, Rising Markets Quarter in Review • Equity market performance was solid this quarter. • The technology sector pulled back after strong YTD outperformance. • Second quarter GDP was the worst since the Great Depression but there is hope that the third quarter will be quite strong. • The list of things to worries […]

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Fixed Income Commentary – September 2020

“Can you Take Me Highter” – Creed Key Takeaways The Treasury curve steepened in August, partially in response to the Fed’s decision from Jackson Hole to recast its 2% inflation target to an average inflation target. As a result, most bonds had negative total returns during the month, with the exception of High Yield and […]

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Fixed Income Commentary – August 2020

“Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” – Bob Dylan Key Takeaways Treasury yields fell and yield spreads narrowed across most sectors in July. While narrowing of spreads is great for existing holdings, it makes the search for new investments more challenging. Looking forward, investors will look towards the pace of rehiring and the willingness of […]

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Fixed Income Commentary – July 2020

Yield Curve Control in Action? Key Takeaways Bond markets were steady in June despite volatility in the equity markets, on-going pandemic news, and social unrest across the globe. The Fed has made it clear they will implement policy support as needed to keep the recovery on track. Looking forward, investors will continue to assess economic […]

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Economic Commentary – Q2 2020

“Wild World” – Cat Stevens Maple Capital Strategy & Portfolio Changes Changes made this quarter included the sale of Goldman Sachs in favor of Morgan Stanley, preferring Morgan for its lower credit sensitivity and strong wealth management franchise. We also added American Express in the financial sector since we believe the business model is built […]

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