Right around this time last year, we were spending a lot of time talking to clients about fixed income. Most were concerned about their fixed income returns compared to what equities were doing, and many even posed a very direct question, “Why do we even own fixed income?”. Some of these questions were being asked rhetorically as I believe most investors know they needed fixed income in their portfolio, they were simply frustrated that a seemingly “safe” asset class was actually providing negative returns. Others were probably more serious, seeing that it was obvious that bonds were going to provide negative returns for the foreseeable future, and under no circumstance did that seem appealing. To be honest, it was a very fair question and one that was being asked by almost everyone. But, as often happens in markets, trades that seem so obvious in the moment have a way of humbling everyone.