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Municipal bonds once seen as the safest now tarnished

June 20, 2018

Late last month, Fitch Ratings downgraded $2.5 billion of Illinois's sales-tax bonds by five steps, dropping them closer to debt backed only by the state's promise to repay. It may not be the last ratings cut for state and local government bonds...

Fidelity hedges the Fed by expanding into factor-based bond ETFs

June 14, 2018

With the Federal Reserve inching interest rates higher, more creativity will be called for fixed-income allocations, which is the wave Fidelity Investments is hoping to catch with two new factor-based strategies. Rolling out low-cost factor-based...

Investors dump junk ETF

June 8, 2018

With interest rates all but certain to rise soon, investors are fleeing a popular exchange-traded fund that tracks short-term junk bonds. The $2.4 billion iShares 0-5 High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (SHYG) had more than $465 million of outflows...

Yield curve points to recession in about 22 months

June 7, 2018

Guggenheim Partners' Scott Minerd has his eye on the yield curve and says it's not looking good. "If you look at the historical path that we've been on, we are just around the point where we would be, let's say, maybe 22 months away from a recession,"...

Bill Gross had nightmare day as fears about Italy roiled markets

May 30, 2018

Bill Gross had his worst day in almost four years Tuesday. For other bond managers, it was more like Christmas in May. The steep decline in interest rates triggered by fears that Italy might leave the euro sent Mr. Gross's $2.1 billion Janus...

Running this bond ETF is like solving a $55 billion Rubik's Cube

May 22, 2018

If you think running a passive bond fund is a formulaic task that a robot could do, think again. When your underlying index is filled with thousands of fixed-income securities, tracking it isn't exactly a simple task. The crux of the problem:...

The end of the Goldilocks credit markets?

May 21, 2018

"Goldilocks" was the byword for credit markets in 2017. The first synchronized global economic expansion since the financial crisis underpinned a strong rally in credit spreads. Economic growth and inflation ran "just right" to support asset...

Bond mark-up transparency rule could help investors, cause more work for brokers

May 14, 2018

New regulations designed to illuminate the cost of bonds, which went into effect on Monday, are likely to help retail investors but cause more work for brokers. The regulations — one from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc., the...

Pimco's Dan Ivascyn on inflation risk and market volatility

May 7, 2018

Pimco has been riding a wave of success, reporting a fourth-quarter operating profit of $684 million, the highest since co-founder Bill Gross left the firm in 2014. Many have attributed the company's revival to chief investment officer Daniel...

Fidelity manager hasn't been this excited by bonds in five years

May 7, 2018

Fidelity Investments fund manager Jeff Moore hasn't been this excited about the bond market in a long time. The sell-off in U.S. and Canadian bonds has raised yields due within 10 years to levels at which investors can finally get decent returns,...

Corporate bonds look risky after a decade of heavy issuance

May 4, 2018

Corporate debt investors, having partied like it's 1999, should remember what came after that: a big wave of defaults. The 2000 to 2002 recession looms only faintly in the minds of many on Wall Street, but it may be the best model for the potential...

Bill Gross says Treasuries are in 'hibernating bear market'

May 3, 2018

If billionaire bond investor Bill Gross is right, most of this year's excitement in the Treasury market is behind us and yields won't see a substantial move from here. The Janus Henderson fund manager doesn't see a blowout in yields to much...

Bond ETFs are awash in cash

May 1, 2018

Investors sought shelter in bonds over stocks in April on the heels of equity volatility and interest-rate fears. More than $14 billion was added to U.S.-listed exchange-traded debt funds last month, the most since October 2014, according to...

Top-performing junk bond fund moves out of junk

April 30, 2018

One of the world's best high-yield bond investors is getting nervous about the riskier parts of the debt markets. The Absalon Global High Yield fund, which beat 97% of its peers in 2017, isn't now "actively investing in CCC credits due to poor...

Mutual funds stand to gain as muni investors get first look at fees

April 23, 2018

On May 14, the municipal-bond market's biggest investors may be in for a shock. That's when new rules will require brokerage firms to start disclosing some of the fees they charge individuals to buy and sell state and local government debt....

Loomis Sayles' star bond manager talks about rising rates and trade wars

April 19, 2018

Dan Fuss has 59 years of experience in the investment industry, and 42 of them have been with Loomis Sayles. He has run Loomis Sayles Bond fund since 1991, rolling up an averaging an 8.99% annual gain. Over the past 15 years, the fund has outpaced...

Morgan Stanley warns of potential market downside

April 17, 2018

Investors need to prepare for downside because the end of the economic cycle is near and U.S. markets are priced for best-case scenarios, Morgan Stanley says. While fiscal stimulus is supportive of growth in the near term, the benefits are already...

Investors flee high-yield bond funds and ETFs

April 13, 2018

Investors have been fleeing high-yield bond funds and ETFs. But why they are doing so is a puzzle. High-yield bond funds and ETFs have watched a net $19.2 billion walk out the door in the first three months of the year, and $29.7 billion has...

Advisers answer common investor concerns with these talking points

April 5, 2018

Now that stock market volatility has awakened from its more than year-long slumber, investors are getting understandably nervous, which is putting financial advisers on notice. With that in mind, we combed the financial planning universe for...

Few places for advisers — or clients — to hide in this stock correction

April 4, 2018

If you're looking to escape this correction, you've got relatively few places to hide. The Standard & Poor's 500 stock index has fallen nearly 10% since its all-time high on Jan. 26. You can choose your causes — the threat of a trade war with...

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