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The 20-year bond bull market might be over, but there is still a place for fixed income in investors' portfolios.

Despite recent troubles Turkey and Argentina, emerging market local currency debt is currently an unusually attractive asset class on a risk-adjusted basis, says Aberdeen strategist Craig Mackenzie.

Unless you feel confident that the index contains companies with long-term growth potential, it might not be the best place to invest, say Mark Arnold and Jason Orthman from Hyperion Asset Management.

The yield curve is known as the most accurate predictor of recessions but, as an inversion looks imminent, Neptune's James Dowey explains why it may not be this time.

Investor interest in US bonds ignited on Wednesday on the back of the increased appetite for riskier assets sparked by an expected decline in the US jobless rate this week to 3.8 per cent, the lowest since 1969.

Australian household wealth hit a record high in the June 2018 quarter, boosted by higher share prices and despite falls in house prices, although a property correction in Australia’s biggest cities could dent wealth.

Bonds in countries such as Turkey, Argentina and South Africa have been hit by a few fundamental factors, but the longer-term picture for the broader EM segment is more positive.

There are varying views on what the latest rate rise says about the Fed's thinking on domestic economics, the timing of further increases and the effect on global markets.

The Reserve Bank's decision to leave the cash rate at 1.5 per cent pushes to 25 months its record period of interest rate inertia.

Australian savers suffering from low term deposit rates from the big four banks would do well to consider small lenders offering more attractive rates.

As the Australian dollar hits 20-month lows, it may be wise to consider unhedging some international investments, according to several experts. 

Investors considering an active fixed income fund should be aware of their asset manager's risk levels versus skill and track record, according to a Morningstar US study.

Strong links to China and relatively low debt levels are among reasons for the Reserve Bank's bullish view on emerging Asia.