Bonds are having a moment. With the Federal Reserve expected to be at the end of its interest-rate hiking cycle, investors are reassessing the fixed-income market—and looking to high-quality bonds with intermediate maturities as the best bet for stable income.
Investment-grade corporate bonds are now yielding around 5%, up from about 2.8% two years ago. Such plump yields cushion bonds against the possibility of negative total returns if the pundits are wrong and the Fed keeps tightening.
In fact, bond pros think the total return potential for bonds this year exceeds that of stocks. For fixed-income investors, that would be a welcome change from last year, when U.S. bonds lost a dismal 13% on a total return basis.