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Portfolio consultants Kevin McCullough and Mark Cintolo discuss the impact of the Federal Reserve’s quantitative tightening on bond prices — and fixed income portfolio allocations.
  • The backdrop for fixed income investors has been extremely challenging this year as the Fed has begun to reduce the size of its bond holdings, a policy known as quantitative tightening (QT).
  • QT represents an abrupt change from the Fed’s bond purchasing program, known as quantitative easing (QE), that began in 2008.
  • While the program is meant to be a gradual, long-term process, it’s forcing investors to re-examine their overall fixed income allocations.
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