In those long-forgotten days when high quality bond yields were close to (or even below) zero, most investors longed for a return to a ‘normal’ environment. When a staple element of most multi-asset portfolios would once again provide an adequate return. For a time, it seemed that this day would never arrive and we would be in a permanent state of ‘return free risk’. Yet slowly and then suddenly everything changed. Bonds once again offered reasonable yields and provided genuine competition to other asset classes. And how did investors react to this much desired shift? By lamenting the losses incurred by bonds and questioning whether they are too risky to play a role as a conservative element of a diversified portfolio. Sometimes we are just never satisfied.
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