Fixed income markets have not fared as poorly as many had expected in 2017.
Analysts, strategists and even bond managers lined up at the end of last year to provide opinions on how far yields would rise. But six months on, anyone geared up for a bear market was positioned incorrectly.
The yield rises witnessed in the second half of 2016 were supposed to mark the end of the bond bull market, though year to date yields across almost all fixed income markets have fallen.
So what happens now? How will bond markets react for the rest of the year, and what factors should bond investors be following to make sure their allocation is safe and protected? Do bonds retain their diversifying characteristic?
As central banks gear up to loosen policy, are there some aspects of the bond market that could benefit? And could regulatory pressures on asset managers find their way into meddling with bond funds?