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The history of bonds — at least since yields hit record lows last year

November 1, 2017

History, as Kurt Vonnegut reminded us, is merely a list of surprises. The next world war will certainly not start with the assassination of an Austro-Hungarian archduke. You're probably not going to make a fortune peddling pet rocks. On the...

Bond allocations: Be real, patient and flexible

October 30, 2017

Bond yields hit their year-to-date lows in early September with the 10-year Treasury yield getting as low as 2.03%. Low yields in the Treasury market are accompanied with historically expensive corporate and municipal bonds. Investors faced...

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...

Why your portfolio may have too much equity risk (Hint: It's your bonds)

October 12, 2017

Industry-wide calls for interest rates to rise over the past five years may be inflicting an unintended toll on portfolios: Many are overexposed to equity and equity-like risk, with little to offset it. When the Fed dropped its target short-term...

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....

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...

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...

Junk bonds face wave of supply just as investors turn sour

September 1, 2017

After a tough summer for junk bonds, with investors yanking cash out of the market, the clouds are gathering for a potentially stormy fall. September is typically among the busiest periods of the year for debt sales, posing a risk to issuers...

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...

DoubleLine Capital's tale of two Jeffreys

August 29, 2017

It's not easy to outdo your boss, particularly when your boss is Jeffrey Gundlach, the bond savant of DoubleLine Capital. But that's exactly what DoubleLine's other Jeffrey -- the nice Jeffrey -- has been doing lately. Jeffrey Sherman, Gundlach's...

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,"...

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...

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...

Will Jeffrey Gundlach's Trump-like approach on Twitter work in financial services?

August 18, 2017

Jeffrey Gundlach's new aggressive Tweeting style has sparked a discussion as to whether it makes sense in the financial services industry. The founder and CEO of DoubleLine Capital, a $111 billion asset management firm specializing in fixed...

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...

Investors pour money into bonds, international in July

August 10, 2017

If you're an adviser, you're probably wondering: Who is pouring all that money into bond funds? It's not an easy question to answer, but at least part of the answer can be found in the mirror. Most mutual fund inflows come via the institutional...

S&P: Managers still faring miserably vs. indexes

August 9, 2017

Stop us if you've heard this before, but active money managers are really bad at beating their benchmark indexes. A new report from S&P Dow Jones Indices shows that most managers in nearly every domestic equity category underperformed their...

Is inflation a real and present danger?

August 9, 2017

Inflation has been deader than a dinosaur's doorknob ever since the end of the financial crisis. But a growing number of fund groups and research firms have started to make the case for higher inflation in the next few years. Only time will...

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...

What would happen if there was a sharp rise in interest rates?

July 25, 2017

When analyzing the current state of the bond markets, financial advisers may be concerned about the potential for interest rates to rise faster than the markets have priced in. While this development may not be probable, it is certainly possible...

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