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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....

Time's right for riskier global bonds, says Hartford's Portera

May 6, 2010

A strengthening global economy makes now the perfect time to load up on riskier fixed-income investments, according to Joe Portera, manager of the $374 million Hartford Strategic Income Fund Ticker:(HSNAX). “Global capital spending is growing...

Schwab agrees to pay extra $35M in YieldPlus settlement

May 6, 2010

Charles Schwab Corp. said it agreed to pay an additional $35 million to settle claims that the online brokerage misled investors who owned its Schwab YieldPlus Fund. The settlement covers claims in California, which weren't included in the $200...

Morgan Keegan to square off against regulators

April 30, 2010

Morgan Keegan & Co. has been granted an administration hearing on allegations that its brokerage firm cost investors, including retirees, more than $2 billion in losses through fraudulent and reckless business practices. Mississippi Secretary...

Bond prices edge up on European debt woes

April 29, 2010

The Treasury market is trading in a narrow range Thursday as investors balance European debt concerns with signs of an improving U.S. economy. Stock prices rose after a report on jobs and strong earnings showed the economy is continuing to get...

Finra cracks down on credit disclosure

April 11, 2010

In the midst of a crackdown by state and federal regulators on Morgan Keegan over its management and sale of failed bond funds, Finra is alerting the broker-dealer arms of fund companies that it is taking a tougher stance on how they portray...

The market is always right – or so we hope

March 31, 2010

What a difference 18 months make. Just a year and a half ago, the debt markets were in a state of gridlock amid fears that credit would vanish, taking the economy down with it. Today, although the economy is hardly booming, just look what's...

Risk-takers' best bet now? High-yield bonds, says AAM's Colyer

March 4, 2010

If investors can stomach the risk, high-yield bonds are still the best place to be right now, according to Scott Colyer, chief executive and chief investment officer of Advisors Asset Management Inc. “In an economic recovery where monetary...

Rule G-37 basher Blount gets four years in prison for kickback scheme

February 26, 2010

A former Alabama municipal bond dealer whose failed challenge to a pay-to-play rule set a legal precedent, was sentenced today to four years and four months in prison on corruption charges. William Blount, 56, the former chairman of Blount Parrish...

Legal expenses piling up at Morgan Keegan

February 25, 2010

Facing intense pressure from securities regulators and plaintiffs' lawyers, Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc.'s legal costs have skyrocketed over the past few years, consuming a greater chunk of the firm's revenue. Legal expenses equaled 12% of the firm's...

Does Citizens United ruling spell the end for pay-to-play laws? Attorneys disagree

February 24, 2010

The recent Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United case makes pay-to-play regulations unconstitutional. Or at least, that's the opinion of securities attorney Hardy Callcott, a partner at Bingham McCutchen LLP and former general counsel...

John Hancock Funds the latest to launch interest rate hedge

February 22, 2010

John Hancock Funds LLC today launched an international fixed-income fund to enable investors to hedge against rising interest rates. The Strategic Income Opportunities Fund invests 80% of its assets in foreign currencies and is designed to be...

Fund companies are prepping bond investors for rising rates

February 21, 2010

Fearing a backlash from investors who are still piling into bond funds, mutual fund companies are rolling out sales and marketing campaigns to encourage investors to shift assets into other products. Rising interest rates are likely to cause...

High-quality junk bonds aren't junk at all

February 21, 2010

Their name is an oxymoron, but high-quality junk bonds themselves make a lot of sense in the fixed-income space right now. This particular slice of the corporate-debt market, which is rated just below investment-grade, is becoming so attractive...

Bump-up in Fed discount rate boosts bond yields

February 19, 2010

Interest rates rose for a second day in the bond market after signals the economy is strengthening pushed traders into riskier assets. Yields on Treasurys extended their gains after the Federal Reserve raised its rate on emergency loans to banks....

MBIA asset manager to operate as separate unit

February 8, 2010

MBIA Inc. said on Monday that its asset management unit will function as a separate operating company, a move that sent shares of the bond insurer higher in midday trading. The unit, now known as Cutwater Asset Management, will operate under...

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