2019 has seen optimism spread to the capital markets with traditional asset classes all posting strong returns to start the year. As investors’ fears dissipate and we bask in the tremendous run that has marked the start of the year, let’s examine the role of high-quality fixed income in your portfolio as a tool to mitigate the effect of any equity volatility we will experience in the future.
Looking back, 2018 certainly felt like a roller coaster ride for investors. After a fantastic nine year run where US stocks returned an annualized 15.44%, you can see why 2018’s results came as a surprise for many. Coming off their 4th best year since 2000, domestic stocks, as measured by the Russell 3000, had their first calendar year decline since 2008. The volatility in the equity markets seemed unusual given recent data, but in many ways 2018 provided a return to historical normalcy that we hadn’t seen yet this decade.