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Looking beyond the basic bond ladder strategy

October 25, 2009

Fixed-income securities — traditional tools to dampen portfolio volatility — are now behind investment strategies intended to guarantee retirement in-come and cash flow. In its most basic form, this kind of bond-based investing sets out...

Catastrophe bond issues expected to surge this quarter

October 25, 2009

The catastrophe bond market is poised for an active fourth quarter as several factors combine to boost the insurance-linked-securities sector, according to experts and observers. Insurers may issue $1.2 billion to $2.2 billion in new catastrophe...

Bond giant Pimco plans push into active equities

October 19, 2009

PIMCO is planning to build active equity management capability, possibly by lifting an existing team from a rival firm, according to sources familiar with the company. For a money manager so entrenched in bonds, the move is likely to cause a...

SEC slaps Schwab with warning over bond funds

October 18, 2009

The Securities and Exchange Commission's warning to The Charles Schwab Corp. that it could face civil charges over two fixed-income mutual funds may have a direct effect on current and looming legal actions from investors over losses suffered...

Payden & Rygel's bond chief, Kristin Ceva: Emerging-markets debt still rife with opportunities

October 15, 2009

With the stock market rallying for nearly eight months, it might be easy to overlook the opportunities in the credit markets, according to Kristin Ceva, head of global fixed-income investing at Payden & Rygel. “From a fixed-income point of...

Bond issuance a debtor's prison

October 11, 2009

It has gotten easier for corporations to issue bonds, but it is still mighty expensive for companies with outstanding debt that don't have a great credit rating. High-risk premiums on bonds, especially within the speculative-grade universe,...

High-yield bonds attract flows

October 11, 2009

High-yield bonds have given stocks a run for investors' money this year, and a tepid U.S. economic recovery could keep institutional money flowing to that corner of the credit market, according to some market watchers. Even with the Merrill...

Muni ETFs gain popularity, but are they a good fit?

October 4, 2009

Exchange-traded funds that invest in municipal bonds are gaining in popularity, but some industry watchers think that mutual funds are a better option. The ETF structure just isn't a good fit for the muni market, they said. It can lead to pricing...

Gross: "New normal' may be to avoid bonds

October 4, 2009

In the “new normal” of slower economic growth and lower investment returns, Pacific Investment Management Co. LLC's Bill Gross is himself buying steady, dividend- paying stocks. “You want to look for stability of income and growth,”...

Promises, promises: Finra probes B-Ds' retail muni sales practices

September 27, 2009

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. is investigating whether broker-dealers are meeting their obligations to municipal-bond issuers who seek distribution to retail investors. The probe, which so far hasn't been raised to the level...

Ratings agencies under fire over residential-mortgage-backed securities

September 27, 2009

National ratings agencies re-ceived criticism Thursday at a meeting of the insurance industry for their failure to properly rate residential mortgage-backed securities prior to the crisis. As part of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners'...

Freestyle analyst

September 20, 2009

Being an investment research analyst during one of the most historic economic downturns can be stressful. But having faced the physical and mental challenges of open-ocean swimming, 29-year-old Jeffrey Cleveland says he can keep things in perspective....

Heavy government borrowing, inflationary policies to cut bond prices

September 6, 2009

The three-decade overall bull market in bonds is dead — and though there are opportunities in some corporate and emerging-markets bonds, the easy money has been made. Market watchers are warning that investors who seek safety in Treasuries...

Emerging-markets bonds will outperform other fixed-income categories, experts predict

September 6, 2009

If the bull market in bonds is coming to an end, emerging markets may be one place where fixed-income investors can take refuge. Year-to-date through last Wednes-day, mutual funds that invest in emerging-markets bonds were up an average of 23.47%,...

Scared investors flock to TIPS as inflation hedge

August 23, 2009

Inflation fears and attractive returns are driving demand for Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities. Year-to-date through July 31, the Department of the Treasury sold $548 billion of TIPS, compared with sales of $516 billion in the first seven...

Muni analysts want more issuer disclosure

July 26, 2009

The recently issued SEC proposal to expand issuer disclosure in the $2.7 trillion municipal-securities market doesn't go far enough, say muni-bond analysts and the mutual fund industry. Although the Securities and Exchange Commission would extend...

All-bond allocation unwise despite equity jitters, says Ibbotson

July 22, 2009

Despite the superior performance of fixed-income assets recently, an all-bond asset allocation is unlikely to deliver investors the returns they need in the future, according to analysis released by Ibbotson Associates, the research division...

FundQuest adds alternatives to SMA platform

July 22, 2009

FundQuest Inc. of Boston has expanded the offerings on its managed-accounts platform to include select alternative strategies. FundQuest is now providing access to hedge-style mutual funds, commodities and international bonds, in addition to...

Municipal bonds thrive despite states' deep economic woes

July 19, 2009

Although state and local governments across the country face staggering budget deficits, their struggles are having little effect on municipal-bond prices. “Since the [second] quarter began, prices are definitely higher,” said Matt Fabian,...

Battered equity boutiques broaden focus to bonds

June 28, 2009

Some well-known equity boutiques have begun offering bond strategies this year, diversifying their portfolios after the market collapse focused attention on the ability of money management companies to cope with severe downturns. In the past...

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