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Bond investors should prepare for string of rate hikes in 2018

November 22, 2017

Yield-starved investors likely will have more to nibble on now through 2018, as the Federal Reserve is widely expected to introduce between four and five interest-rate hikes over the next 13 months. While the bond markets have been treading...

Treasury market pummeled in its worst January since 2009

February 1, 2018

The U.S. Treasury market is delivering investors a loss of historic proportions to start 2018. The Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Treasury Index was down 1.42% through Jan. 30. It's on track for the worst start to a year since January 2009, when traders...

Second-half outlook: Not as bad as you might think

June 20, 2017

With the Standard & Poor's 500 reaching record highs after an eight-year bull market, the Federal Reserve Bank raising interest rates and high stock valuations, strategists must be worried about the stock market, right? Not so much. Despite...

Largest U.S. pension fund may slash exposure to stocks

November 13, 2017

The California Public Employees' Retirement System, the largest U.S. pension fund, is considering more than doubling its bond allocation to reduce risk and volatility as the stock bull market approaches nine years. Calpers is looking at a menu...

Bridgewater's Dalio says bonds face biggest bear market since '80s

January 24, 2018

Billionaire hedge fund manager Ray Dalio said that the bond market has slipped into a bear phase and warned that a rise in yields could spark the biggest crisis for fixed-income investors in almost 40 years. "A 1% rise in bond yields will produce...

Jeffrey Gundlach called it on risky link between stocks and junk bonds

November 10, 2017

Jeffrey Gundlach has been warning something's got to give. Based on the past two days, looks like we have our answer. Stocks fell around the world a second day and high-yield bonds headed for a fourth straight loss, resuming a historic correlation...

Fintech startup wants to help advisers find and sell muni bonds

January 23, 2018

It's like Zillow, but for bonds. That's the idea behind Bond Navigator, a cloud-based digital marketplace for advisers to find and evaluate municipal bonds, that launched Tuesday from startup 280 CapMarkets. Gurinder Ahluwalia, the co-founder...

How investors get yield wrong and how dangerous that can be

November 19, 2015

The way many retired investors think about the yield of their investment portfolios is complicated and puzzling. Too often, they blur the distinction between yield as an investment characteristic and yield as a source of income for retirement...

Orion adds bond-rating updates to portfolio system

June 15, 2017

Orion Advisor Services' latest update to its portfolio accounting system adds daily bond rating information for client accounts, thanks to a deal the Omaha, Neb.-based firm inked with Moody's Analytics. The change will give advisers a clearer...

Why are investors still flocking to bonds?

October 18, 2017

Life is full of mysteries. Why are cats terrified of cucumbers? Why does your phone suggest you need a chain saw? And why have investors been putting so much money into bond funds? The last question is particularly vexing if you hold the notion...

Put your bond manager to the liquidity test

September 4, 2015

Bond market liquidity is drying up — something every investor and financial adviser should take seriously. But liquidity risk can also provide an additional source of returns. The trick is knowing how to manage it. This is why picking the...

Bear market for bonds has arrived, Gross says

January 11, 2018

Oprah Winfrey's Golden Globe Awards pronouncement that "Time is up" for men who oppress women also goes for the bond market that's been buoyed by repressed interest rates, according to Bill Gross. "Bonds, like men, are in a bear market," Mr....

Make your short-term bond investment work smarter

July 27, 2015

Savers are increasingly worried about the prospect of rising interest rates, but with bank deposit rates close to zero, they're searching for short-duration investment products that minimize interest rate risk without sacrificing income. If...

One-and-done: Does the Fed follow college basketball?

March 24, 2015

The calendar says late March, which for many means all college basketball, all the time. Investors around the country welcome the chance to focus on March Madness and stop worrying about interest rates and the next move by the Federal Reserve....

Want high-yield exposure? Forget ETFs

November 12, 2015

If you have a short-term view on high yield, an exchange-traded fund might be right for you. But if you want long-term exposure, ETFs are a terrible choice. The numbers speak for themselves. Over the first nine months of the year, the two largest...

The endless bond bull market

October 14, 2014

Patient bond investors have been rewarded in 2014. A zero interest rate policy around the world and low volatility are forcing cash into bond markets, continuing to hold down government bond yields and bolster risk assets. It would seem this...

The bond market is beginning to look like a textbook definition of a bubble

July 22, 2014

The age of zero interest rates has had a number of intended consequences as well as some unintended ones. Historically low rates are meant to make credit cheap and plentiful to assist the economy in recovering from the Great Recession. The greatest...

With yields low and interest rates headed up, what kind of bonds do advisers buy? ​

September 19, 2017

The ancient Etruscans believed you could tell the future by examining sheep livers, a practice called haruspicy. This was known as the wisdom of the ancients. Nevertheless, haruspicy probably had a better record of predicting interest rates...

How to avoid the 'grit your teeth and bear it' bond strategy

June 3, 2015

When it comes to fixed income investing, particularly at a time of historically low interest rates and unprecedented monetary policy, it's hard to beat a basic bond laddering strategy. For income investors, even if they're grumbling about the...

How to play fixed income with rising rates on the way

December 26, 2013

The bond market might have been prepared for the Federal Reserve's tapering announcement last week, but that doesn't mean financial advisers and bond investors shouldn't still be mindful of how the well-telegraphed move will affect fixed-income...

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