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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...

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...

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...

'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...

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...

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...

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...

Jeffrey Gundlach not impressed with robo advisers

June 23, 2017

In the financial industry's battle of humans versus machines, billionaire bond fund manager Jeffrey Gundlach is betting people will prevail. "I don't believe in machines taking over finance at all," Mr. Gundlach, CEO of DoubleLine Capital, said...

Dirt bonds lead market in 2013 as housing rebounds

December 26, 2013

Municipal debt tied to real-estate development is set to be the best-performing part of the $3.7 trillion state and local-bond market this year as an improving housing market boosts the securities' earnings. Land-backed debt, called dirt bonds,...

Beware 'bond bear trap,' experts warn the unwary

May 24, 2009

Financial advisers are at risk of getting caught in a classic “bond bear trap” — reaching for yield in a low-interest-rate environment, then getting hammered when rates ultimately rise. “We see this time and time again — when the Fed...

Hurricanes that ravaged Puerto Rico also wreck its bonds

September 29, 2017

Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated Puerto Rico, and the storms' effects on the islanders will last for years. Far less dire – but still lingering – will be the effect on Puerto Rico's municipal bonds and the mutual funds that hold them....

Rate cut seen as positive for high-yield-bond investors

September 24, 2007

After being beaten down as a result of the subprime-mortgage mess, junk bonds now look like big winners following last week’s interest rate cut by the Federal Reserve. And some industry experts say that that may translate into a sustained rally...

Old-school portfolios shine as risk parity struggles

June 26, 2013

There have been a lot of naysayers about the old-fashioned 60/40 portfolio, but this year is proving that it is hard to improve on a classic. The $19.5 billion Vanguard Balanced Index Fund (VBINX) which maintains a boring 60% allocation to the...

Prepare clients for the high costs of college

June 14, 2017

Higher education is expensive—frighteningly expensive. For most parents, providing for their children's college education is second only to retirement as their largest investment goal. But even with diligent saving, the first tuition bill...

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