■ Yield curve changes are being driven by unconventional policies and technical factors, which make the moves harder to interpret.
■ Curve flattening in 2016 has resulted from changes to money market rules at the short end and central bank purchases at the long end.
■ Banks, municipalities and other borrowers are beginning to feel the pinch from rising Libor rates.
■ Fundamentals remain the most important consideration for bond investors and the most valuable guide for pursuing medium- to longer-term goals.
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