The final quarter of 2016 was bountiful for equity investors, but less so for bond holders. Most equity indices broke or flirted with record highs in the December period. The interest rate jump after the November election took its toll on bonds, as the Barclays Bond Aggregate Index ETF fell almost 4% in the period. Oil continued its slow and steady recovery from the lows of last February, though gold fell in the period.
The election of Donald J. Trump will be remembered as one of the most unique and historic elections in the history of our republic. We will let the political pundits and commentators focus on the stylistic aspects of the President Elect, but with regard to the equity and bond markets, Mr. Trump’s election has been and will continue to be good for stocks and very good for small cap stocks.
Managing Director and Senior Portfolio Manager Bill Lee believes that as we confront a climate of rising interest rates and increased market volatility, the case for convertible securities is compelling. He makes his case in a newly published white paper.