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Black Swan scribe: Government bonds will collapse

August 11, 2010

Nassim Nicholas Taleb, who warned that unforeseen events can roil markets in "The Black Swan," said he is "betting on the collapse of government bonds" and that investors should avoid stocks. “I'm very pessimistic,” he said at the Discovery...

Buffett shortens bond-holding duration after inflation warning

August 10, 2010

Warren Buffett shortened the duration of bonds held by his Berkshire Hathaway Inc. after warning that deficit spending could force inflation higher. Twenty-one percent of holdings including Treasuries, municipal debt, foreign-government securities...

How to use bond ladders to address both inflation and deflation

August 9, 2010

A recent survey of financial professionals on fixed income allocations indicated a continuing strong preference for municipal and corporate bonds. Among the seven asset classes listed, municipal bonds ranked first in terms of ‘most likely...

Bond funds could be squeezed by new financial reforms

July 19, 2010

Fixed-income fund managers likely will face heightened margin requirements when trading privately negotiated derivatives under the new financial services reform bill. The bill, which was passed by the Senate yesterday, requires that privately...

Bill Gross: There's no denying the 'new normal' now

July 6, 2010

Global financial market returns stand at the threshold of mediocrity. With bonds priced not for recession but near depression, most major global bond indices now yield less than 3%, surely a forerunner of returns to come. Stocks, long the volatile...

First-half report card: Bonds beating stocks by most since 2001

July 6, 2010

Bond returns are exceeding stock gains by the widest margin in nine years as optimism that greeted the year evaporates and investors around the world question the strength of the economic recovery. While the MSCI World Index of 24 developed...

Finding openings in the closed-end-fund market: Podcast

July 2, 2010

Patrick Galley, manager of the $350 million RiverNorth Core Opportunity Fund Ticker:(RNCOX) sees opportunities in select closed-end funds, particularly as investors in general sit too cautiously on the sidelines. (To listen to the full podcast,...

BNY Mellon unit is ditching risk in its muni funds

June 27, 2010

Standish Mellon Asset Management Co. LLC is scaling back the level of risk within its municipal bond portfolios but isn't worried about massive defaults among local and state governments, according to an executive at the firm. Financial advisers...

Bill Gross: A bumpy ride with no spare tires

June 27, 2010

Bill Gross is managing director and co-chief investment officer at Pacific Investment Management Co. LLC. What is your outlook for the economy, interest rates and the bond market in the second half? Pimco refined its previous view that the global...

DoubleLine and Grail teaming up on active ETF

June 24, 2010

Grail Advisors LLC is partnering with DoubleLine Capital LP to launch an actively managed emerging-markets fixed-income ETF in what will be the first such fund of its kind to hit the market. Grail filed Wednesday with the Securities and Exchange...

Worried about a bond bubble? Try this hedge to take the edge off

June 20, 2010

Talk of a bond bubble has put skittish investors and financial advisers even more on edge over their large allocations to fixed income. And for good reason: Interest rates, currently at historic lows of near zero, will eventually start climbing,...

Bill Gross is buying BP bonds; loads Total Return up on U.S. debt

June 17, 2010

Bill Gross, co-chief investment officer at Pacific Investment Management Co., recently bought $100 million of shorter maturity BP Plc bonds and some Anadarko Petroleum Corp. debt, spokesman Mark Porterfield wrote today in an e-mail. BP's 5.25...

BP's crumbling credit rating: From AA+ to near junk in 12 days

June 15, 2010

BP Plc's credit rating was cut to two levels above “junk” by Fitch Ratings on concern over the potential cost of cleaning up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and meeting future liabilities. BP's long-term issuer default and senior unsecured...

It's time to sound the alarm on the bond bubble

June 13, 2010

The capital markets continually set traps for the unwary, and it is financial advisers' responsibility to help their clients avoid them. The stock market set two recent traps — the Internet bubble and the mortgage bubble — and advisers failed...

Prepare now for rising rates, says MainStay’s Dial

June 9, 2010

Interest rates are now at historic lows, but it’s never too early to prepare for those rates to rise, according to Robert Dial, manager of the $834 million MainStay Floating Rate Fund Ticker:(MXFAX). “I don’t think the Fed is going to...

K.C. Fed boss Hoenig wants rate hike - and soon

June 3, 2010

Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank President Thomas Hoenig said the U.S. economic recovery has the momentum to sustain itself and called for an increase in the target federal funds rate to 1 percent by the end of the summer. “The first step...

Fixed-income allocations: How to evaluate your next move

May 24, 2010

What are the key distinctions in choosing individual bonds or bond funds for fixed income allocations? Bond funds and bond ETFs have attracted significant asset flows in the past year. Since January 2010, bond fund inflows are tracking close...

Fund firms try to coax still-skittish clients to put cash to work

May 16, 2010

To pry shellshocked investors out of their cash positions, several big fund companies are nudging in-vestors into the next least-conservative position: short-term-bond funds. Janus Capital Group Inc., MTB Group of Funds, Putnam Investments and...

SEC to focus on conflicts in muni bond business

May 9, 2010

The SEC's announcement last week that it is launching an investigation of the municipal bond market is aimed at increasing transparency and weeding out conflicts of interest. With $2.8 trillion in muni bonds — 34% of which are held by retail...

Mohamed El-Erian and Dan Fuss: Greek crisis is going global

May 7, 2010

Pacific Investment Management Co.’s Mohamed El-Erian and Loomis Sayles & Co.’s Dan Fuss said the European debt crisis may spread across the globe because of investor concern that governments have borrowed too much to revive their economies....

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