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Are economic challenges just around the bend? Let us help you steer through the winding road ahead. Set your destination, prepare for some sharp turns, and be ready to recalibrate your portfolios along the way.

Short-termism and market timing is not a winning strategy in the long run.

The key to success in this market environment is to construct portfolios that can succeed no matter where the economy takes us.

Watch this video about the challenges of 2023 and the uncertain investment environment they have led to (01:40)

Where is the economy heading?

Hopes for a soft landing may be growing, but we continue to believe that the U.S. economy will slip into a mild to moderate recession within the next six months. Simply put, we expect to see two consecutive quarters of negative GDP growth, accompanied by a rise in the unemployment rate.

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The right bonds at the right time

GICs have a place in certain portfolios, but is that place to replace bonds? See why we believe rising rates have created a unique opportunity for investors with an eye on the long-term.

How bonds could offer more upside than GICs

Rising rates have renewed interest in GICs, but investors risk missing out on a rare opportunity in bond markets.

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Not all bonds are created equal.

Be sure your fixed income approach is flexible enough to go anywhere to find opportunities and mitigate risk.

Even if more uncertainty is expected, brighter days are on the horizon, especially for bonds.

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The three phases of fixed income

The opportunity in bonds can be broken down into three phases: the sweet spot, duration, and taking on risk

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Bond yields are more attractive than they have been in the past

Yields across most, if not all, fixed-income instruments—regardless of maturity, type, or credit quality—have moved materially higher since the beginning of this year.

Various fixed income asset class yield to worst

Yields across most, if not all, fixed-income instruments—regardless of maturity, type, or credit quality—have moved materially higher compared to 2021. This bar chart compares the yields of six fixed-income asset classes in March 2023 to their yields in December 2021. In all six classes, the chart shows that yields in March 2023 are higher than in December 2021. In this phase, investors should focus on the yield provided by the bond or “clipping the coupon.” There’s no free lunch, and to obtain a higher yield, an investor must take on some sort of additional risk, whether it be, duration, credit, or even liquidity. This approach helps mitigate both duration risk from yields continuing to move higher and credit risk if we see default expectations increase in lower-quality bonds.

Proxies that represent these asset classes: Global Bonds- Bloomberg Global Aggregate Bond Index, Canadian Credit- Bloomberg Canada Aggregate – Credit Index, Canadian Government Bonds- Bloomberg Canada Aggregate – Government Index, US Government- Bloomberg US Treasury Index, US Credit- Bloomberg US Corporate Bond Index, US High Yield- Bloomberg US Corporate High Yield Bond Index. As of August 18, 2023.

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Manulife Strategic Income Fund

Offers diversification by geography, asset class, and risk with a go-anywhere approach in times of uncertainty

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