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Bonds Look Attractive Compared With Cash, Equities

With equity valuations stretched and cash yields fleeting, bonds look attractive by many measures.

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Bonds look attractive. Using any type of reasonable longer term valuation metrics for equity markets here in the United States and across most areas of the globe, fixed income looks real attractive here. So we do think it makes sense, not only to think about shifting up from cash into fixed income to lock in high yields, increase the prospects for the price appreciation, but also makes sense as a risk reduction trade to think about shifting from public equities that have performed real well, that have valuations at best fair, and in some cases a bit stretched from a valuation perspective, into fixed income, which again looks as attractive as we've seen in well over a decade.

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