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BNY Mellon unit is ditching risk in its muni funds

June 27, 2010

Standish Mellon Asset Management Co. LLC is scaling back the level of risk within its municipal bond portfolios but isn't worried about massive defaults among local and state governments, according to an executive at the firm. Financial advisers...

DoubleLine and Grail teaming up on active ETF

June 24, 2010

Grail Advisors LLC is partnering with DoubleLine Capital LP to launch an actively managed emerging-markets fixed-income ETF in what will be the first such fund of its kind to hit the market. Grail filed Wednesday with the Securities and Exchange...

Worried about a bond bubble? Try this hedge to take the edge off

June 20, 2010

Talk of a bond bubble has put skittish investors and financial advisers even more on edge over their large allocations to fixed income. And for good reason: Interest rates, currently at historic lows of near zero, will eventually start climbing,...

Bill Gross is buying BP bonds; loads Total Return up on U.S. debt

June 17, 2010

Bill Gross, co-chief investment officer at Pacific Investment Management Co., recently bought $100 million of shorter maturity BP Plc bonds and some Anadarko Petroleum Corp. debt, spokesman Mark Porterfield wrote today in an e-mail. BP's 5.25...

BP's crumbling credit rating: From AA+ to near junk in 12 days

June 15, 2010

BP Plc's credit rating was cut to two levels above “junk” by Fitch Ratings on concern over the potential cost of cleaning up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and meeting future liabilities. BP's long-term issuer default and senior unsecured...

It's time to sound the alarm on the bond bubble

June 13, 2010

The capital markets continually set traps for the unwary, and it is financial advisers' responsibility to help their clients avoid them. The stock market set two recent traps — the Internet bubble and the mortgage bubble — and advisers failed...

Prepare now for rising rates, says MainStay’s Dial

June 9, 2010

Interest rates are now at historic lows, but it’s never too early to prepare for those rates to rise, according to Robert Dial, manager of the $834 million MainStay Floating Rate Fund Ticker:(MXFAX). “I don’t think the Fed is going to...

Fixed-income allocations: How to evaluate your next move

May 24, 2010

What are the key distinctions in choosing individual bonds or bond funds for fixed income allocations? Bond funds and bond ETFs have attracted significant asset flows in the past year. Since January 2010, bond fund inflows are tracking close...

Fund firms try to coax still-skittish clients to put cash to work

May 16, 2010

To pry shellshocked investors out of their cash positions, several big fund companies are nudging in-vestors into the next least-conservative position: short-term-bond funds. Janus Capital Group Inc., MTB Group of Funds, Putnam Investments and...

SEC to focus on conflicts in muni bond business

May 9, 2010

The SEC's announcement last week that it is launching an investigation of the municipal bond market is aimed at increasing transparency and weeding out conflicts of interest. With $2.8 trillion in muni bonds — 34% of which are held by retail...

Mohamed El-Erian and Dan Fuss: Greek crisis is going global

May 7, 2010

Pacific Investment Management Co.’s Mohamed El-Erian and Loomis Sayles & Co.’s Dan Fuss said the European debt crisis may spread across the globe because of investor concern that governments have borrowed too much to revive their economies....

Time's right for riskier global bonds, says Hartford's Portera

May 6, 2010

A strengthening global economy makes now the perfect time to load up on riskier fixed-income investments, according to Joe Portera, manager of the $374 million Hartford Strategic Income Fund Ticker:(HSNAX). “Global capital spending is growing...

Schwab agrees to pay extra $35M in YieldPlus settlement

May 6, 2010

Charles Schwab Corp. said it agreed to pay an additional $35 million to settle claims that the online brokerage misled investors who owned its Schwab YieldPlus Fund. The settlement covers claims in California, which weren't included in the $200...

Morgan Keegan to square off against regulators

April 30, 2010

Morgan Keegan & Co. has been granted an administration hearing on allegations that its brokerage firm cost investors, including retirees, more than $2 billion in losses through fraudulent and reckless business practices. Mississippi Secretary...

Bond prices edge up on European debt woes

April 29, 2010

The Treasury market is trading in a narrow range Thursday as investors balance European debt concerns with signs of an improving U.S. economy. Stock prices rose after a report on jobs and strong earnings showed the economy is continuing to get...

Finra cracks down on credit disclosure

April 11, 2010

In the midst of a crackdown by state and federal regulators on Morgan Keegan over its management and sale of failed bond funds, Finra is alerting the broker-dealer arms of fund companies that it is taking a tougher stance on how they portray...

The market is always right – or so we hope

March 31, 2010

What a difference 18 months make. Just a year and a half ago, the debt markets were in a state of gridlock amid fears that credit would vanish, taking the economy down with it. Today, although the economy is hardly booming, just look what's...

Risk-takers' best bet now? High-yield bonds, says AAM's Colyer

March 4, 2010

If investors can stomach the risk, high-yield bonds are still the best place to be right now, according to Scott Colyer, chief executive and chief investment officer of Advisors Asset Management Inc. “In an economic recovery where monetary...

Rule G-37 basher Blount gets four years in prison for kickback scheme

February 26, 2010

A former Alabama municipal bond dealer whose failed challenge to a pay-to-play rule set a legal precedent, was sentenced today to four years and four months in prison on corruption charges. William Blount, 56, the former chairman of Blount Parrish...

Legal expenses piling up at Morgan Keegan

February 25, 2010

Facing intense pressure from securities regulators and plaintiffs' lawyers, Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc.'s legal costs have skyrocketed over the past few years, consuming a greater chunk of the firm's revenue. Legal expenses equaled 12% of the firm's...

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