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Why Are My Bond Funds Losing Value?

A fundamental principle of bond investing is that market interest rates and bond prices generally move in opposite directions. This phenomenon is generally known as interest rate risk.

Declining interest rates make bond prices rise and bond yields fall. Conversely, rising interest rates cause bond prices to fall, and bond yields to rise.

interest rates vs bond prices

Over the past few months, interest rates have risen, and bond process have fallen. This is the reason why bond portfolios have experienced a decline in market value. While the rising interest rates have increased bond yields, they have had a negative (converse) impact on bond prices. This process will continue until interest rates stabilize. When interest rates eventually reverse, market values should increase, and yields should decrease.

Current market value declines are not permanent. Accounts have suffered unrealized losses as the result of the current interest rate environment. Only a decision to immediately liquidate current positions will result in the realization of such losses. Unless you advise us that your investment objective has changed or you direct otherwise, absent other mitigating circumstances, we do not currently intend to liquidate bond positions.

Of course, should you have any questions, the members of your Calamos Wealth Management team are here to address them.

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