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Five-star manager says bond market's fear is overblown

Posted by CM Advisors on Jan 18, 2018 11:00:59 AM

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On January 12, 2018, MarketWatch interviewed Jim Brilliant for his thoughts on whether the shrinking gap between high-yield bonds and Treasuries is typically a warning of bad times ahead.  Jim believes it's different this time.


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As a total total return bond fund, we have the flexiblity to invest in treasuries and corporate bonds of any maturity or credit quality. Given the current economic climate, we are focused on a mix of short-term U.S. Treasuries and corporate bonds. 


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