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Beware Long-Maturity Yields: Gottlieb

Investors should be wary of long-term yields on bonds with maturity rates longer than five years, David Gottlieb of EMF Financial Products said Wednesday.

"We think that investors are supposed to be focused in the short-intermediate part of the yield curve. There's less capital risk there. The Fed is anchoring rates to some degree in the five-year-and-under bucket," he said. "It's really longer maturities where the risks are."

On "Fast Money," Gottlieb said that investors are vulnerable to a pick-up in volatility.

Asked whether it was possible to make money in bonds, Gottlieb appeared to answer from a defensive outlook.

"The first thing you want to do is not lose, and the risks in the long end of the curve are growing, from a spreads standpoint and from an outright risk-of-rates-rising standpoint," he said.

"Can you actually make money in the five-year-and-under bucket? Five years yields 90 basis points, so you're not being paid a lot to be in fixed income at all, which is one of the reason why the rotation, if it begins in earnest, you're going to see it play out over multiple quarters, multiple years."

Gottlieb added that the rates rising wouldn't be "a tomorrow thing," but that it would likely occur over the course of several years.

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