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Green bond market just getting started

October 5, 2019

The $50 trillion global bond market might be more than three times the size of the global equity market, but when it comes to adopting environmental, social and governance strategies, the fixed-income market is just getting started. A lack of...

JPMorgan, BlackRock say investors too cautious on repeat of 2008

October 4, 2019

Investors are pumping the brakes too hard on equities amid concern a repeat of the 2008 financial crisis is around the corner, according to JPMorgan Chase & Co. and BlackRock Inc. Anastasia Amoroso, a global investment strategist at JPMorgan...

Negative yields find their way into U.S. investor portfolios

September 30, 2019

A migration toward a globally diversified bond allocation could be exposing fixed-income investors to the world's unprecedented $15 trillion worth of negative-yielding government debt. Last week, the $23 billion Vanguard Total International...

Income annuities provide retirees longevity protection

September 28, 2019

Though the discussion in this chapter could be applied to any annuity offering lifetime income benefits, the focus for now returns to income annuities to keep the discussion more manageable. Previous chapters have introduced the role annuities...

Finra bars IFS Securities executive linked to reported $10 million trading loss

September 26, 2019

The IFS Securities Inc. executive at the center of a bond trade that resulted in a reported $10 million loss for the firm has been barred from the securities industry by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. Keith Wakefield, the former...

How gold could replace bonds as a portfolio diversifier

September 11, 2019

Instead of trying to navigate the freewheeling price of gold over various market cycles, financial advisers might be better served by focusing on the precious metal's lack of correlation with other investments. That's the basic premise of a...

Creating time-tested retirement income plans

September 3, 2019

I usually set aside Labor Day for reflection, not just about the official end of summer, but about broader topics that I encounter as a columnist for InvestmentNews. So I was thrilled when two veteran financial advisers I admire — Phil Lubinski...

Mnuchin eyes 100-year debt Wall Street would just as soon forget

August 29, 2019

The Trump administration is giving careful thought to selling something Wall Street may not be ready to buy: ultra-long debt. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that offering bonds with maturities of 50 to 100 years is under "very serious...

Stocks sink as U.S.-China feud deepens

August 23, 2019

U.S. stocks slumped and Treasuries rallied Friday after President Donald J. Trump said he'll respond to new Chinese tariffs and blasted Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell. The dollar fell. The S&P 500 Index dropped as much as 1.7%, led by...

Advisor Group acquisition financed by debt rated 'junk' by S&P

August 23, 2019

The $1.6 billion in debt issued to finance the recent acquisition of Advisor Group has been rated below investment grade — commonly known as junk bonds — in a report this month by S&P Global Ratings. Reverence Capital Partners, a private...

UBS hit with $4.4 million arb award over Puerto Rico bonds and funds

August 22, 2019

A group of investors who bought Puerto Rico bonds and closed-end funds won a $4.4 million arbitration claim against UBS Financial Services Inc. and its related business in Puerto Rico. The three investors and related trusts and businesses initially...

Faith-based funds attract loyal investors

August 20, 2019

Applying religious screens to mutual funds and ETFs is sometimes compared to investing with one hand tied behind your back, but that's just fine for a large and growing number of investors. "If people are really interested in faith-based investing,...

Why Pimco fixed-income fund fell as long bonds rallied

August 19, 2019

The rally that lifted long-term U.S. bonds this month eluded the world's largest actively managed fixed-income fund. Dan Ivascyn's $130 billion Pimco Income Fund lost 1.07% since July 31. Its benchmark, the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. bond aggregate...

Falling rates expose duration risk in bond funds

August 16, 2019

Falling interest rates across the global fixed-income market have proven to be a boon for certain bond funds that are pushing the limits on interest-rate risk. For example, by delivering promised longer-duration exposure, both the Pimco Extended...

Insurers pivot amid declining interest rates

August 15, 2019

Interest rates have done an about-face, and insurers are feeling the pinch. Just less than a year ago, insurance companies, financial advisers and their clients were celebrating the return of higher interest rates. More money flowed into insurers'...

Franklin Templeton fund biggest loser as Argentine assets plummet

August 14, 2019

The dramatic decline in Argentine assets is wreaking havoc on some of the largest U.S. money managers. (More: The 4 biggest risks for US equity investors) Funds with high exposure to the South American nation tumbled Monday after President Mauricio...

Biggest firms win fight for cash flooding muni funds

July 23, 2019

A handful of the biggest firms on Wall Street are landing the vast majority of cash pouring into the municipal-bond market. Vanguard Group's mutual funds focused on tax-exempt debt have received about $12.7 billion this year, or nearly a third...

Top 50 fixed-income mutual funds, second quarter 2019

July 20, 2019

Ranked by quarterly returns Name/ticker 3-month return 1-year return 3-year annualized return Portfolio net assets ($M) Expense ratio* 1 Eaton Vance Emerging Markets Local Income Fund;A (EEIAX) 7.45% 10.18% 5.31% $1,019.00 1.22% 2 Vanguard Extended...

Top 50 fixed-income ETFs, second quarter 2019

July 20, 2019

Ranked by quarterly returns Name/ticker 3-month return 1-year return 3-year annualized return Portfolio net assets ($M) Expense ratio* 1 PIMCO 25+ Year Zero Coupon US Treasury Index ETF (ZROZ) 7.84% 14.18% 0.95% $265.30 0.15% 2 iShares 10+ Year...

Advisers scramble to help retirees navigate looming Fed rate cut

July 15, 2019

For the first time in more than a decade, financial advisers are having to prepare client portfolios for an interest rate cut by the Federal Reserve, and the general consensus of advice is to try and not panic. "Stay away from bank-loan bonds...

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