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Looking ahead, some argue that deflationary pressures are bottoming out and the outlook for inflation is on the rise. For instance, investors anticipate global prices to increase at an average 1.29% per year, compared to 0.99% in January, the lowest since 2010.

The Fed is also anticipating higher inflation rates as the “transitory effects” of lower oil prices diminish and the labor market improves.

Specifically, market observers are likely pointing to a demand-pull inflation, or when too much money chases too few goods. As unemployment falls, wages rise and consumers are left with more money to spend, demand may outstrip supply of goods. Since supply can’t meet the new demand over the short-term, prices tend to rise to meet the new equilibrium, resulting in inflation.

For fixed-income and bond ETF investors, rising inflation eats away at portfolio returns over time. Specifically, the so-called real, or inflation-adjusted, return is diminished as inflation rises. Consequently, investors are less apt to hold onto a fixed-income asset with diminished real returns, contributing to the fall in bond prices. [Rate-Sensitive ETFs Get Jammed Up]

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Max Chen contributed to this article.