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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...

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...

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...

How to use volatility in the bond market to your advantage

March 10, 2015

Long-term investors should not confuse credit risk with market volatility — market volatility sometimes creates opportunity. This distinction is particularly important for bond investors who have watched the recent high-yield market selloff....

No tragedy: Greek bonds up 80% since January

December 21, 2012

Investors bold enough to buy junk- rated Greek bonds in January have earned twenty times more than owners of top-rated German debt this year even after the biggest ever sovereign restructuring. Greek government bonds returned 80 percent this...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,"...

'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...

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...

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...

'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...

Unconstrained bond funds are constraining investors

June 17, 2014

Everyone seems to agree that interest rates will rise and it is easy to see why — they simply cannot go much lower. Figure 1 shows the very long term behavior of 10-year Treasury yields back to 1800. The past 30 years or so have provided great...

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...

Pimco sees massive surge of inflows in third quarter

November 14, 2010

Pacific Investment Management Co. LLC, the Allianz SE fund unit overseen by Mohamed El-Erian and Bill Gross, took in more money than any other asset management firm during the third quarter, with more than $56 billion in deposits. Allianz, Europe's...

Buffett cuts bond-holding duration on inflation warning

August 15, 2010

After warning that deficit spending could force inflation higher, Warren E. Buffett shortened the duration of bonds held by his Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Twenty-one percent of holdings, including Treasuries, municipal debt, foreign-government...

Take charge with fixed-income strategies for a rising-rate environment

April 30, 2014

As the bull market celebrates its 5th birthday, the party favors that financial advisers may be wishing for most — other than predictability over the next five years — are answers. One of today's greatest challenges for advisers is to be...

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