Usually, when the stock market is having a bad period, as it certainly is now, investors can take some comfort in the fixed income part of their portfolio. They know that returns on fixed income are lower over time, but at least the capital is protected and yields are predictable. Usually. The last six months have seen the biggest drop in the bond market in history. In Europe, where government-issued debt has traded with yields at or below zero for the last three years, losses have been in the trillions of dollars (or Euros). In North America, losses have been on a smaller scale, but are still very substantial.