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Arc of the covenants as investors regain clout over junk bond issuers

November 24, 2010

Junk bond investors are forcing companies to improve the terms of their debt offerings to bolster protection against moves that threaten creditworthiness. ClubCorp Inc., which has been marketing bonds for almost two weeks, included a provision...

Bullish sign: Stocks, bonds finally go their separate ways

November 22, 2010

For the first time since the financial crisis started, U.S. shares are moving independently of the bond market, a sign that profits and valuations are guiding investors more than concern about the economy. The 30-day correlation coefficient...

Muni bond drubbing no surprise, advisers say

November 21, 2010

Some advisers aren't surprised to see the municipal bond market getting clobbered. The rout in municipals “was not unexpected,” said Kenneth Naehu, managing director of fixed income at Bel Air Investment Advisors LLC, which manages more...

Spike in bond yields makes equities an easier sell

November 21, 2010

Financial advisers are using last week's unexpected spike in interest rates to persuade clients that it's time to get out of long-term bonds and back into equities. The spike is a result of the Federal Reserve's decision to buy $600 billion...

It's a bond picker's market - bubble or not

November 21, 2010

High levels of correlation in the U.S. stock market have made picking individual stocks increasingly difficult. Recent studies indicate that about 80% of price action in the majority of widely traded stocks is closely correlated to a related...

Muni bond funds drop, investors bail for first time in months

November 19, 2010

Open-end U.S. municipal-bond funds dropped an average 3.7 percent in the past month as investors withdrew money for the first time in seven months. Funds focused on long-term debt from California issuers fell the most, dropping an average of...

Fidelity junk bond king Notkin: Stocks the better buy

November 18, 2010

Fidelity Investments' Mark Notkin, whose high-yield mutual fund beat all rivals over the past five years, said the rally in junk bonds is over and stocks are a better buy. The manager of the $12.8 billion Fidelity Capital & Income Fund is putting...

Advisers urge bond investors to abandon ship in face of QE2

November 16, 2010

Financial advisers are using the unexpected jump in interest rates to persuade clients that it's time to get out of long-term bonds. Last week, the Federal Reserve commenced its second round of quantitative easing in a bid to push mid-and long-term...

Schwab's about-face on suit triggers downgrade

November 14, 2010

FBR Capital Markets downgraded The Charles Schwab Corp. last week on concerns that the company could face more litigation from investors. FBR expressed concern in a report about Schwab's recent decision to terminate a settlement agreement that...

Pimco sees massive surge of inflows in third quarter

November 14, 2010

Pacific Investment Management Co. LLC, the Allianz SE fund unit overseen by Mohamed El-Erian and Bill Gross, took in more money than any other asset management firm during the third quarter, with more than $56 billion in deposits. Allianz, Europe's...

Oddity in bond market signals an economy on the mend

November 10, 2010

An unusual move in the fixed-income space last month is being interpreted as the latest bullish sign of economic recovery. Beginning around mid-October, Treasury yields started rising while corporate bond yields, which usually move in tandem,...

LPL's Kleintop: Lame duck could move mountains

November 9, 2010

The following is a weekly investment commentary for the week of Nov. 1 from Jeffrey Kleintop, chief market strategist at LPL Financial. The long-awaited events of last week included the mid-term elections and Federal Reserve (Fed) announcing...

Goldilocks scenario triggers biggest debt gains since 2002

November 2, 2010

From Treasuries to bunds, and corporate bonds to mortgage securities, the world's fixed-income market is poised for its best year since 2002 as slow growth, tame inflation and record low interest rates create an almost perfect environment for...

Easing of quantitative easing could spook markets: J.P. Morgan's Majmudar

November 2, 2010

The financial markets have factored in the impact of more quantitative easing by the Federal Reserve, and anything short of $500 billion worth of easing in tomorrow's announcement could rattle the markets, according to Deepa Majmudar, who manages...

Bond outlook: Where to find yield in the 4Q

November 2, 2010

The following is an excerpt from the fourth quarter outlook authored by Prudential Fixed Income, a unit of Prudential Investment Management Inc. To read the full commentary, click here. Solid results from the fixed income markets in 3Q mask...

American Century's MacEwen is betting on fixed income

October 31, 2010

To David MacEwen, the talk about the bond bubble is a lot of baloney. That isn't to say that the chief investment officer of fixed income at American Century Investments is unconcerned. The firm pegs the chance of a double-dip recession at 38%....

Investors getting gouged in pursuit of safety: Art Steinmetz

October 27, 2010

The flood of assets into U.S. Treasuries and bond funds over the past few years is not symptomatic of a bond bubble, but of a risk-averse investor universe, according Art Steinmetz, chief investment officer of OppenheimerFunds Inc., who warned...

Fed asset purchases akin to a Ponzi scheme: Bill Gross

October 27, 2010

Bill Gross, manager of the world's largest bond fund at Pacific Investment Management Co., said a renewal of asset purchases by the Federal Reserve will likely signify the end of the 30-year bull market in bonds. “Check writing in the trillions...

Fugitive who bilked Pimco, others found 'living in the lap of luxury'

October 27, 2010

Rebecca Parrett, a former National Century Financial Enterprises Inc. executive who fled the U.S. to avoid a 25-year prison term, was arrested in a Mexican resort town where she liked to dance, a U.S. official said. Parrett, 62, was picked up...

Paging long-term investors: Goldman to issue 50-year bonds, says source

October 25, 2010

Goldman Sachs Group Inc., the U.S. bank that makes the most revenue from fixed-income trading, plans to sell $250 million of 50-year bonds this week in an offering directed toward individual investors. The debt due November 2060 may yield 6.125...

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