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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...

Stocks enter correction territory amid renewed interest-rate fears

February 8, 2018

The dread that gripped equity markets earlier in the week reemerged Thursday as U.S. stocks plunged into a correction on concern that rising interest rates will drag down economic growth. Selling accelerated in the final hour of trading as major...

Bill Gross fares worst among go-anywhere bond managers as stocks slide

February 7, 2018

Bill Gross was having a good 2018, until he wasn't. Mr. Gross's $2.2 billion Janus Henderson Global Unconstrained Bond Fund fell 0.83% as markets plunged Monday — its biggest drop since Dec. 30, 2016, and the worst one-day performance in Morningstar...

Go-anywhere bond funds not for the faint of heart

April 22, 2015

The closer the Fed gets to raising interest rates, the better the notion of an unconstrained bond fund sounds. Why hide out in cash and short-term bond strategies while waiting for higher yields when you can invest in a fund that has the flexibility...

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....

Avoid these bond-buying pitfalls

December 22, 2017

Nearly every day, I see municipal bonds trading on various platforms at higher prices than I've been watching them trade elsewhere. And what bothers me most is that I know that behind those trades are real people for whom the stakes of making...

The good and mostly bad of rising interest rates

January 31, 2018

When a racoon leaps at you from the back seat, causing you to run your new car into a bridge abutment, people will always point out how lucky you are. Hey, the bridge didn't collapse on you! Good thing you had insurance! Thank goodness the raccoon...

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...

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...

Bond rout coming? Data say otherwise

June 3, 2013

The biggest monthly loss in fixed-income securities since 2004 has still left global yields short of the tipping point that would signal a bear market in bonds. Yields on U.S. Treasuries (USGG10YR), German bunds and Japanese government bonds...

Bond fund rush: Send in the clowns?

November 21, 2012

There's no slowdown in sight for the great bond-buying spree as its fourth year draws to a close and the risks continue to pile up. Bond funds are expected to take in $300 billion in inflows this year, outpacing both 2011 and 2010, according...

INsider: Bond fund bubble now the size of a zeppelin

March 13, 2012

Investors continue piling into bond funds, but Morningstar Inc. editorial director Kevin McDevitt wonders if the flows are evidence of a bond bubble. Last month, open-end funds overall saw their strongest inflows in two years, but the majority...

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...

Institutional investors move into local-currency debt

February 19, 2012

Institutional investors are making big moves into emerging-markets local-currency-debt strategies, taking broad strides to catch up to allocations previously made to emerging-markets bonds denominated in U.S. dollars. And sources said that the...

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...

'Best short EVER!' ends up costing Citigroup $285M

October 23, 2011

Citigroup Inc. has agreed to pay $285 million to settle federal allegations that its broker-dealer subsidiary misled investors about a complex $1 billion mortgage investment that the company was secretly betting would fail. The Securities and...

Institutional investors question fixed-income allocation

October 16, 2011

The poor outlook for fixed-income returns is pushing some institutional investors to consider more-active approaches to managing their fixed-income portfolios. “The real challenge for a chief investment officer or an investment committee is...

Roosevelt brings in fixed-income vet to take it into bonds

October 16, 2011

If you need another sign that investors are completely spooked by the stock market, consider this: The Roosevelt Investment Group Inc., a $5 billion asset management and advisory firm known for its hefty stock allocations, is moving into the...

'We love equities,' says BlackRock boss Laurence Fink

June 5, 2011

BlackRock chief executive Laurence D. Fink is more bullish on U.S. equities than bonds because companies are benefiting from the weak dollar and have surplus cash to invest for growth. “We love equities, we love dividend stocks,” Mr. Fink...

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