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Rethinking risk in fixed income

September 12, 2010

Although the run-up in emerging-markets debt may seem a little long in the tooth, a good case can still be made for purchasing these bonds. By most measures, the average 6% yield on the broad category of emerging-markets government bonds looks...

Another lawsuit filed over Schwab bond fund

September 12, 2010

The Charles Schwab Corp. has been hit with another lawsuit claiming that its Total Bond Market Fund, which was represented as tracking the Lehman Brothers U.S. Aggregate Bond Index, loaded up with mortgage-backed securities prior to the financial...

El-Erian: Bond inflows too much of good thing

September 10, 2010

Pacific Investment Management Co.'s Mohamed A. El-Erian said business is booming at the world's largest manager of bond funds and that isn't a good sign for the U.S. economy. Net inflows into bond funds reached $120 billion year to date at the...

Bond investors headed for a doozie of a hangover: Mark Gilbert

September 9, 2010

Like a drunk at a party, the bond market is starting to bump into tables, telling off-color jokes, talking too loudly and spilling drinks. The smart guests will steer clear before he starts screaming at his shoes and wanders off to pray to the...

Janus plans global push into fixed-income funds

September 5, 2010

Janus Capital Group Inc. wants a bigger share of the red-hot bond market. Richard M. Weil, a 14-year veteran of Pacific Investment Management Co. LLC who was chosen in February as Janus' chief executive, has put building Janus' fixed-income...

In low-interest environment, investors turn to high-yield bonds

September 5, 2010

A weak economy, a poor equities market and low interest rates have been a boon to high-yield junk bonds. “It is an attractive alternative to other asset classes,” said Robert Cook, a managing director, lead portfolio manager and head of...

Doubleline's Gundlach sells Treasuries, buys corporate bonds

August 31, 2010

Jeffrey Gundlach, who predicted in June that the 10-year Treasury yield would fall to 2.5 percent, reduced DoubleLine Capital LLC's holdings of U.S. government debt after the security failed to set a record low level. Gundlach, who founded DoubleLine...

Pimco, TCW vector into unexpected sector

August 29, 2010

Pacific Investment Management Co. LLC and TCW Group Inc. are investing in bonds guaranteed by aircraft as U.S. airlines hold back from adding seats to protect profitability, preserving the value of their planes. Through last Thursday, junk-rated...

Bond stampede turning mutual fund world on its head

August 29, 2010

Retail investors, burned by two market crashes in a decade, have shunned stocks for the longest stretch in more than 23 years, upsetting the balance of power in the $10.5 trillion mutual fund industry. Bond funds attracted more money than their...

High-yield bonds get more heft

August 23, 2010

A weak economy, dropping stock market and low interest rates are bringing a strong boom to the weakest-rated fixed-income sector — high yield — giving investors top relative returns. “It is an attractive alternative to other asset classes,”...

Bond stampede turning mutual fund world on its head

August 23, 2010

Retail investors in the U.S., burned by two market crashes in a decade, have shunned stocks for the longest stretch in more than 23 years, upsetting the balance of power in the $10.5 trillion mutual-fund industry. Bond funds attracted more money...

Yield-hungry investors look to emerging markets

August 22, 2010

Put off by the paltry yields on Treasuries, many investors are turning to emerging-markets sovereign debt for better returns. Since early June, investors have poured $1.3 billion into emerging-markets-debt funds, according to Lipper Inc., compared...

The dangers of the growing bond bubble

August 22, 2010

DESPITE A DECADE of bitter experience, we have learned little about the buildup and bursting of speculative bubbles. After the euphoric upward march of technolgy stocks and their subsequent collapse, we ignored signs of an emerging housing bubble....

Gov't bonds are anything but ‘risk-free': First Eagle's McLennan

August 20, 2010

Buyers of government bonds beware. Efforts by central banks to stimulate the global economy are distorting bond and currency prices and causing potential economic dislocation, according to Matthew McLennan, a portfolio manager for the First...

Buffett cuts bond-holding duration on inflation warning

August 15, 2010

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

An overview of SMA performance in the second quarter

August 15, 2010

Second quarter commentary from Nathan Behan, Senior Analyst at Prima Capital. U.S. equity: The second quarter opened up with high hopes and generally positive expectations for the remainder of the year. As noted last quarter, there was a wide...

Financial adviser pleads guilty in muni bond bid-rigging case

August 13, 2010

A New York financial adviser pleaded guilty to rigging bids for investments sold to local governments, the fifth person to admit participating in an industrywide conspiracy to profit at taxpayers' expense. Martin Kanefsky, the former owner and...

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...

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