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BondView preps ratings for muni bond funds

February 1, 2011

BondView LLC, an operator of a free site for muni bond investors, is planning to launch municipal bond fund ratings by March. The ratings will enable investors and advisers to visit the firm’s website and see the fund ratings, as well as the...

TIPS at a tipping point? Traders say yes

January 30, 2011

There has been no better place in the U.S. government bond market since 2008 than in debt that protects against faster inflation. Traders contend that the securities may be poised to fall as consumer prices rise too slowly to justify the gains....

Pimco's retail push includes expense ratio cuts

January 30, 2011

As Pimco takes over the distribution of all its funds and expands its equity fund lineup, it plans to cut expense ratios and arm financial advisers with more research and access to its investment managers. The moves are part of Pacific Investment...

Inflation set to puncture bond portfolios, warns FPA's Atteberry

January 28, 2011

Fixed-income investors should start bracing for inflation and rising interest rates, according to Thomas Atteberry, manager of the $3.7 billion FPA New Income Fund Ticker:(FPNIX). “Inflation is returning, and as a bond investor that's the...

Best debt bet for 2011? Pimco offers surprising pick

January 28, 2011

Higher-rated junk bonds in Asian countries where infrastructure spending is fueling growth, such as Indonesia, should offer the best returns in 2011, according to Pacific Investment Management Co. With Asia's emerging economies forecast to grow...

Not cowed by inflation, investors go whole hog for Goldman long bond

January 24, 2011

Goldman Sachs Group Inc.'s first sale of 30-year bonds in more than three years signals waning investor concern that inflation is accelerating. The debt soared in its first full day of trading. The fifth-biggest U.S. bank by assets received...

In break from Allianz, Pimco to open own brokerage biz

January 23, 2011

In a step toward more independence, Pacific Investment Management Co. LLC is taking control of fund sales from parent Allianz SE after the unit's assets jumped sixfold since the takeover a decade ago. Pimco is waiting for regulatory approval...

Nuveen, Prudential prep for new fund launches

January 12, 2011

Nuveen Investments Inc., the asset manager owned by Madison Dearborn Partners LLC, plans to start a fund to buy corporate debt, the firm said in a prospectus filed today with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The Nuveen Short Duration...

Bill Gross: Treasuries will drift up 'gradually, but not significantly'

January 7, 2011

Pacific Investment Management Co.’s Bill Gross said that while he anticipates the end of the bull market in bonds, it’s not the beginning of a significant bear market as economic growth and government stimulus measures fail to translate...

Muni bond meltdown? Why you don't have to believe the hype

January 6, 2011

The recent wave of fear surrounding the municipal bond markets is overhyped, but the increased focus on the fiscal condition of state and local budgets is a good thing, according to Leslie Barbi, head of fixed income at RS Investments. “It's...

Faber: Steer clear of this 'suicidal investment'

January 5, 2011

A recovering economy prompted the biggest withdrawals last month from U.S. bond funds in more than two years. That was a mistake, according to Craig Brothers, a portfolio manager specializing in fixed income. Rather than abandoning fixed-income...

Gross goes Kafka-esque in slamming 'head-eating' lawmakers

January 5, 2011

Pacific Investment Management Co.'s Bill Gross said investors should favor emerging market corporate and sovereign debt as “mindless” U.S. deficit spending may result in higher inflation, a weaker dollar and the eventual loss of America's...

Pimco, Loomis opening up to convertibles

January 4, 2011

Pacific Investment Management Co. and Loomis Sayles & Co. are betting convertible debt will rally as stocks rise and Treasuries fall. Bonds that may be exchanged for shares returned 16.8 percent last year, beating Treasuries, benchmark U.S....

Gonze: It's time to buy munis

January 2, 2011

The recent wave of panic sweeping across the municipal bond market is creating buying opportunities for professional money managers, according to Josh Gonze, manager of the $4 billion Thornburg Limited Term Municipal Bond Fund (LTMIX). “As...

Peter Schiff: Muni meltdown is coming

December 28, 2010

Should investors be spooked about the prospect of a muni market meltdown after Meredith Whitney's warning on 60 minutes last week? Warren Buffett sounded the alarm last year, and now Peter Schiff -- the president of Euro Pacific Capital who...

Jeffrey Saut: Lessons to live by and the call for the week

December 27, 2010

The following is the investment commentary of Jeffrey Saut, chief market strategist for Raymond James, for the week of December 27: Lost in the “noise” of the year-end soothsaying contests are some simple lessons on investing. One of the...

Meredith's mark on munis? Bondholders bailing at record rate

December 27, 2010

Municipal bond investors are trying to unload holdings at the fastest pace in at least 14 years amid increasing mutual fund redemptions and rising U.S. Treasury rates. Bondholders looked for buyers for about $896 million in municipal securities...

Despite market sell-off, Bill Gross goes on a $21.4M bond-buying binge

December 19, 2010

Bill Gross, head of the world's biggest mutual fund, put $17 million of his own wealth into closed-end bond funds in the past week even as a debt sell-off spurred investors to flee taxable-fixed-income funds for the first time in two years....

Bill Gross' fund rocked by wave of withdrawals

December 10, 2010

Bill Gross's Pimco Total Return Fund, the world's largest mutual fund, was the second-biggest decliner among the largest U.S. bond managers in the past month as clients pulled money for the first time in two years amid a selloff in Treasuries....

Build Americas left out of tax cut deal, officials say

December 7, 2010

An extension of the Build America Bond program was omitted from a compromise that President Barack Obama struck with congressional leaders to prolong tax cuts enacted in 2001 and 2003, White House officials said. The president said last night...

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