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Keeping client assets safe in an increasingly unsafe world

August 30, 2017

You're in a darkened room — a shelter of some kind. Outside, you see mobs with torches; you hear air raid sirens. You turn on the television as an ashen-faced Jim Cramer is shouting "Sell! Sell! Sell!" The screen goes blank. Who hasn't had...

Pension funds expected to shift as much as $1trillion from stocks to bonds: Wells Fargo

August 28, 2017

Pension funds are poised to shift as much as $1 trillion from stocks to bonds in coming years to lock in gains and limit the potential for big losses, according to Wells Fargo & Co. "Definitely there's a lot of money that will want to move,"...

High-grade U.S. bonds run at fastest pace ever past $1 trillion

August 22, 2017

Blue-chip companies have sold more than $1 trillion of bonds in 2017, passing that milestone for the sixth straight year, as Federal Reserve rate hikes spur companies to borrow while it's still cheap. Sales from Amazon.com Inc. and Philip Morris...

Mounting evidence shows eco-friendly bonds outperform conventional ones

September 5, 2017

Evidence is mounting that bonds that finance environmental projects perform better than conventional ones, HSBC Holdings Plc said in a report. The U.K.'s largest bank said green bonds are trading closer to benchmarks than regular debt issued...

Gundlach faces battle to keep his bond star from fading

August 24, 2017

Times are tough for active managers, even for Hall of Famers such as Jeffrey Gundlach, manager of the DoubleLine Total Return Bond Fund. As the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, the fund's assets have declined 13 percent to $53.6 billion...

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...

Vanguard winning at bond inflows, too

July 25, 2017

Most people know that Vanguard has been vacuuming up stock assets faster than an elephant in a peanut warehouse. But what company is leading in scooping up bond-fund assets? That would be Vanguard. Of the 30 top-selling taxable bond mutual funds...

European junk bonds posted highest returns after financial crisis

August 15, 2017

If you'd bought European high-yield bonds the day the global financial crisis erupted, closed your eyes and held onto them through the unprecedented events of the following decade, you would now be sitting on a 100 percent return. On the other...

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...

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....

Greenspan warns of bubble in bond prices

August 1, 2017

Equity bears hunting for excess in the stock market might be better off worrying about bond prices, Alan Greenspan says. That's where the actual bubble is, and when it pops, it'll be bad for everyone. "By any measure, real long-term interest...

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...

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...

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...

Don't let duration blind your analyses of bonds

April 20, 2015

While advisers are increasingly moving away from traditional simple fixed-income portfolios for their clients, many are still using basic tools to analyze bonds, despite the increasing complexity of the fixed-income market. The pervasive fear...

Generating yield in a world of rising interest rates

April 6, 2015

Now that the best parts of the bond market rally are behind us, it's time for advisers to start considering how to position clients for a likely increase in the fed funds rate later this year. I think the Federal Reserve is probably going to...

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