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Don't bet on the 'inevitable' selloff in Treasuries just yet

July 6, 2015

Don't count out Treasuries just yet. Even after the prospect of higher U.S. interest rates sparked the deepest selloff in two years, Prudential Financial Inc., RBC Global Asset Management and ED&F Man Capital Markets say there are still plenty...

CEOs are worried about bond liquidity. Should you be?

April 14, 2015

Prudential Investment Management Chief Executive Officer David Hunt says the No. 1 concern among bond buyers globally is liquidity and its rapid disappearance. “The biggest worry of the buy side around the world is that there has been a dramatic...

Pimco Total Return managers reverse course set by Bill Gross

March 10, 2015

The new Pimco managers of the world's largest bond fund are embracing the mortgage securities that Bill Gross shunned. Scott Mather, who replaced Mr. Gross as one of the portfolio managers of the Pimco Total Return Fund, has been buying government-backed...

Prudential and MassMutual in $2.5 billion pension risk transfer deal with Kimberly-Clark

February 24, 2015

Prudential Financial Inc. and MassMutual have inked a deal with Kimberly-Clark in which the hygiene products company will transfer to the insurers its $2.5 billion in pension liabilities. As part of the deal, Prudential will administer group...

As more states recognize gay marriage, planning traps still await couples

January 15, 2015

Retirement and other financial planning is still a mine-field for many same-sex couples, especially those living in the 14 states that continue to bar gay couples from wedding. Even as the legalization of same-sex marriages has swept across...

Utility, consumer stocks can play defense when market volatility spikes

January 12, 2015

With the price of oil falling and stock market volatility climbing, extra emphasis on portfolio defense might be in order, at least for the near term. “I don't think this will be the way it is all year, but if you're expecting more volatility...

Stocks and the economy are hooked on the Fed's punch bowl

December 23, 2014

The year-end rally for U.S. stocks would be a lot more impressive and significant if the whole thing weren't driven by a confused, cornered Federal Reserve. Not everyone agrees with that statement, but a growing chorus supports the idea that...

Lifetime income to reach defined-contribution retirement plans, but not anytime soon

December 22, 2014

New guidance from the IRS and Department of Labor on using annuities in target date funds will encourage greater use of lifetime income options in defined-contribution plans. But don't expect an immediate rush by DC plans to embrace such options....

Advisers and analysts scramble to make sense of a wild market ride

December 19, 2014

As the dust began to settle Friday on a wild week for stocks, financial advisers and market analysts scrambled to make sense of it all. Despite a two-day run in which the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained more than 700 points, the blue chip...

The new variable and indexed annuity leaders

December 17, 2014

Variable annuities are a staple of broker-dealers' business, offering clients the opportunity to garner market exposure on a tax-deferred basis. In recent years, however, sales of indexed annuities — which credit interest to a client's account...

BlackRock takes Pimco assets with No. 1 total return fund

November 12, 2014

At a BlackRock event last week in New York, fund manager Rick Rieder told about 100 advisers that he expects interest rates to remain low as aging Baby Boomers seek the stability of fixed-income investments. The talk was enough to persuade Larry...

Fixed-income firms scramble to capture funds unleashed by Pimco turmoil

November 9, 2014

If there was ever an example of the power and influence of a single portfolio manager, it was what happened when Bill Gross said he was leaving Pimco, a company he had built into the world's largest fixed-income manager, to join Janus Capital...

U.S. stock-index futures decline with S&P 500 near record

November 4, 2014

U.S. stock-index futures dropped, with equity benchmarks near records, as investors weighed prospects for economic growth and corporate earnings to help gauge the pace of the recovery. Standard & Poor's 500 Index futures expiring in December...

Pimco Total Return suffers $27.5 billion asset drop in October after Gross exit

November 4, 2014

The Pimco Total Return Fund (PTTRX), managed by Bill Gross until Sept. 26, suffered an estimated $27.5 billion of withdrawals last month, its worst month ever for redemptions. The redemptions surpassed the $23.5 billion reported in September,...

BlackRock, Loomis Sayles replace Pimco at $6B Prudential fund

October 29, 2014

Pacific Investment Management Co., seeking to stem redemptions after its co-founder Bill Gross left unexpectedly, was dropped as manager of a $6.16 billion strategy offered by a unit of Prudential Financial Inc. Pimco, based in Newport Beach,...

ETF investors bail on the financial sector

October 28, 2014

Investors do the math on low interest rates and turn tail on a popular financial sector ETF. More than $900 million pulled from XLF last week to mark the worst stretch since 2009. The prospects are not strong Prudential Financial steps out on...

Why it's still a juggling act for women in financial services

October 22, 2014

Last year, I had the luxury of retiring from a 30-year career with a major financial services firm. I was pregnant when I began there; my daughter is 30 years old now. The exciting thing, from my perspective, is that the daughter I was expecting...

Earnings to help stocks weather rough patch; advisers cautioned

October 14, 2014

In a light trading day on Monday, investors drove stocks sharply lower late in the day after pouncing on the fact that the S&P 500 Index had fallen below its 200-day moving average price. While that particular indicator is considered significant...

A 401(k) conundrum: Can you make cash pile last for life?

October 8, 2014

Even if you've socked plenty of money away in your 401(k) plan and invested it carefully, some of your toughest decisions lie ahead. And don't expect much help or clarity from the government or your employer. Strategies for drawing down lump-sum...

Stock sell-off a buying opportunity as some pros see more gains ahead

September 25, 2014

The big numbers notwithstanding, market watchers are calling Thursday's sudden stock market slide a normal, with some suggesting the drop is a buying opportunity. A 1.3% decline in midday trading by the major market indexes needs to be kept...

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