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U.S. 10-year poised to cross market's red line

February 20, 2018

Enter the danger zone. Bond markets are signaling the 10-year U.S. Treasury yield may reach 3% as early as this week — a potential watershed for risk appetite across asset classes. A deluge of debt supply and the strengthening momentum of...

Inside the $700 billion bond empire in Newark

February 16, 2018

A quartet of bond managers ensconced in a glistening tower in Newark, New Jersey, say historically low long-term Treasury yields are here to stay. And they've got a growing pile of money backing that view. For the crew at PGIM Fixed Income,...

Sell-off grips credit funds

February 16, 2018

Investors pulled $14.1 billion from debt funds, the fifth-largest stretch of redemptions in the week through Feb. 14, according to a Bank of America Merrill Lynch report, citing EPFR data. High-yield bonds lost $10.9 billion alone, the second...

Indexed annuities' performance may not be what you expect

February 16, 2018

At first glance, indexed annuities may sound quite similar to index mutual funds. Their names suggest as much. Consumers can buy annuities that are linked to the Standard & Poor's 500 index, like their mutual-fund counterparts. Plus, indexed...

Pimco reports Q4 earnings of $684M

February 16, 2018

The turnaround at Pimco is complete. The bond manager owned by German insurer Allianz SE on Friday reported a fourth-quarter operating profit of 546 million euros ($684 million), the highest since co-founder Bill Gross quit the firm in the third...

Muni money funds show signs of life

February 12, 2018

If 2017 was the year the municipal money market funds stopped bleeding assets, 2018 is the year they've started growing again. Tax-exempt money market fund assets have increased by almost $7 billion since the beginning of the year, seven times...

Franklin Templeton boosts bet against Treasuries

February 9, 2018

Michael Hasenstab has been waiting since at least 2016 for his wager on rising U.S. rates to come good. Now he's adding to the position. The Franklin Templeton bond chief, known for staking vast sums on conviction trades, has been loading up...

Despite January's run-up in stocks, investors headed to bonds

February 9, 2018

Investors poured a net $17.1 billion into stock funds and exchange-traded funds in January. But before you start chuckling about how people get into the stock market just before it heads south, the vast majority of fund flows last month —...

Advisers expect candor and clarity from new Fed chairman

February 9, 2018

As trials by fire go, there probably couldn't have been a better script for Jerome Powell's first week on the job as the chairman of the Federal Reserve. His Monday swearing-in coincided with a record 1,175-point drop by the Dow Jones industrial...

Stocks resume slide as bond yields climb

February 8, 2018

Volatility's grip on global markets tightened Thursday as surging Treasury yields renewed concern that higher rates will drag on the economy and pushed U.S. stocks lower for the fourth time in five days. The 10-year Treasury yield resumed its...

Alternative funds suddenly look a whole lot better

February 8, 2018

If ever there were a time for alternative funds to shine, it would be now. And some of them are actually doing that. The Dow Jones industrial average has been gyrating like a dozen hamsters in an exercise wheel. Thursday, the blue-chip index...

Stocks enter correction territory amid renewed interest-rate fears

February 8, 2018

The dread that gripped equity markets earlier in the week reemerged Thursday as U.S. stocks plunged into a correction on concern that rising interest rates will drag down economic growth. Selling accelerated in the final hour of trading as major...

Retirement savers flee stocks as market slides

February 8, 2018

Retirement savers violated a cardinal rule of investing this past week: They sold into a plunging market. After racing into equities in January, they did an about-face as markets fell last Friday. Savers moved into money and fixed-income funds,...

Bill Gross fares worst among go-anywhere bond managers as stocks slide

February 7, 2018

Bill Gross was having a good 2018, until he wasn't. Mr. Gross's $2.2 billion Janus Henderson Global Unconstrained Bond Fund fell 0.83% as markets plunged Monday — its biggest drop since Dec. 30, 2016, and the worst one-day performance in Morningstar...

Exchange-traded notes add another layer of risk

February 7, 2018

The collapse of the VelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Short Term ETN (XIV) this week should prompt advisers to take a hard look at their clients' holdings of exchange-traded notes. The ETN was a bet on decreasing volatility, as measured by the...

Pimco views 3% 10-year yield as buying opportunity

February 1, 2018

Pacific Investment Management Co.'s Dan Ivascyn and Mark Kiesel say 3% yields on 10-year Treasuries may be a signal to buy rather than the beginning of a bond bear market that other managers have warned about. "There'll be buyers of bonds if...

Stock market's rally has room to run, Jeremy Siegel says

February 1, 2018

Don't sell yet, because the historic stock market run still has some fuel in the tank, according to Jeremy Siegel, professor of finance at the Wharton School. Speaking Thursday in Orlando, Fla., at TD Ameritrade Institutional's 2018 National...

Former Fed chairman Alan Greenspan sees bubbles in stocks and bonds

February 1, 2018

The man who made the term "irrational exuberance" famous says investors are at it again. "There are two bubbles: We have a stock market bubble, and we have a bond market bubble," Alan Greenspan, 91, said Wednesday on Bloomberg Television. Mr....

Treasury market pummeled in its worst January since 2009

February 1, 2018

The U.S. Treasury market is delivering investors a loss of historic proportions to start 2018. The Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Treasury Index was down 1.42% through Jan. 30. It's on track for the worst start to a year since January 2009, when traders...

The good and mostly bad of rising interest rates

January 31, 2018

When a racoon leaps at you from the back seat, causing you to run your new car into a bridge abutment, people will always point out how lucky you are. Hey, the bridge didn't collapse on you! Good thing you had insurance! Thank goodness the raccoon...

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