U.S. Fixed Income

Janelle Woodward discusses the current state of fixed income markets

BrightTalk Expert Interview Janelle Woodward

Janelle Woodward, Global Head of Fixed Income, joined BrightTalk at IMPACT® 2018 for an exclusive interview on the current state of fixed income markets and what it means for advisors and investors in 2019 and beyond.


Topics discussed include:

  • Entering a bond bear market
  • What’s going on with interest rates?
  • Using alternatives in a portfolio
  • A discussion on inflation
  • Is a crisis looming with credit and student loans?


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Video transcript

Ben Jones: I’m Ben Jones, Managing Director at BMO Global Asset Management and co-host of BMO’s Better conversations. Better outcomes. podcast. I’m joined here by Janelle Woodward, and we just wrapped up the BrightTalk fixed income panel. And we wanted to take a minute here, we’re having a lot of fun at Schwab talking a lot of fixed income, and wanted to spend some time with Janelle talking a little bit more in depth about some of the ways that they’re taking advantage of the current market conditions. Welcome to the show, Janelle.

Janelle Woodward: Thank you so much.

Ben Jones: So Janelle, I know that everybody who talks to you probably asks you, the first question they want to talk about is the Fed, but the first question I want to talk about is something we’ve been having a lot of fun with, which is, fixed income has kind of become your life’s work. How did that happen and why is that important to you?

Janelle Woodward: I think if I’m honest, I was not lying awake as a child, dreaming about doing fixed income for the rest of my life. I was lying awake dreaming about math problems and spreadsheets, and so I’m not sure if I found fixed income or it found me, but it’s been a really great fit and very rewarding. I think what I love about it is, it’s in everybody’s portfolio, directly or indirectly, everybody has exposure to fixed income markets. And then, really, it’s about the themes that get captured, everything from what’s going on at the government level, to corporate levels, so it intersects with equity markets, to the consumer level in terms of consumer finance, and it’s constantly changing and evolving. So we often get told we’re very boring, but I think it’s a really interesting aspect and area of the world.

Ben Jones: Now fixed income is at a different period of time. We’ve just gone through a very extended bond bull market, and now we find ourselves in a situation where a lot of people are saying we might be in a bond bear market going forward. Tell me a little bit about you and your team’s thoughts about the current market conditions.

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