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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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

Bond king Bill Gross suddenly talking up stocks

June 24, 2010

Bill Gross, who runs the world's biggest mutual fund, takes a seat in a conference room and makes a confession. Overlooking the ocean at the headquarters of Pacific Investment Management Co., Gross describes missteps that doomed his bond firm's...

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...

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