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Orion adds bond-rating updates to portfolio system

June 15, 2017

Orion Advisor Services' latest update to its portfolio accounting system adds daily bond rating information for client accounts, thanks to a deal the Omaha, Neb.-based firm inked with Moody's Analytics. The change will give advisers a clearer...

Bond rout coming? Data say otherwise

June 3, 2013

The biggest monthly loss in fixed-income securities since 2004 has still left global yields short of the tipping point that would signal a bear market in bonds. Yields on U.S. Treasuries (USGG10YR), German bunds and Japanese government bonds...

Nowhere to hide in bonds

May 30, 2013

The violent upswing in interest rates this month has wreaked havoc on bond funds. The yield on the 10-year Treasury has jumped almost 50 basis points this month, peaking at 2.23% yesterday morning, its highest level since April 2012. It's since...

Not even Gross, Gundlach immune to bond gloom

May 21, 2013

The fear of rising interest rates is causing investors to lose their stomach for core bond funds — and not even bond titans Jeffrey Gundlach and Bill Gross have been immune to the dwindling enthusiasm. The intermediate-term-bond category has...

Muni market offers refuge from volatility

March 8, 2018

Quick: What are the most commonly used adjectives when describing the $3.8 trillion municipal bond market? If you said, "sleepy" or "boring," you win. Over the last three weeks, it has lived up to that reputation, with yields on 10-year AAA...

How to play fixed income with rising rates on the way

December 26, 2013

The bond market might have been prepared for the Federal Reserve's tapering announcement last week, but that doesn't mean financial advisers and bond investors shouldn't still be mindful of how the well-telegraphed move will affect fixed-income...

Dirt bonds lead market in 2013 as housing rebounds

December 26, 2013

Municipal debt tied to real-estate development is set to be the best-performing part of the $3.7 trillion state and local-bond market this year as an improving housing market boosts the securities' earnings. Land-backed debt, called dirt bonds,...

Another red flag as veteran bond fund manager raises white flag

November 30, 2012

A major bond-fund manager has thrown in the towel on long-only investing. The move is the latest warning to fixed-income investors, who have doubled the assets in long-only bond funds since the financial crisis, to more than $2 trillion. Stewart...

Bond fund rush: Send in the clowns?

November 21, 2012

There's no slowdown in sight for the great bond-buying spree as its fourth year draws to a close and the risks continue to pile up. Bond funds are expected to take in $300 billion in inflows this year, outpacing both 2011 and 2010, according...

Assets swing like a pendulum do — but just how far?

November 15, 2012

The fourth year of the great bond buying jamboree looks as if it's about to come to an end. Thus, it seems like a good time to take a look at just how far investors' portfolios have swung toward fixed-income and away from equities. Investors'...

Old-school portfolios shine as risk parity struggles

June 26, 2013

There have been a lot of naysayers about the old-fashioned 60/40 portfolio, but this year is proving that it is hard to improve on a classic. The $19.5 billion Vanguard Balanced Index Fund (VBINX) which maintains a boring 60% allocation to the...

Municipal bonds once seen as the safest now tarnished

June 20, 2018

Late last month, Fitch Ratings downgraded $2.5 billion of Illinois's sales-tax bonds by five steps, dropping them closer to debt backed only by the state's promise to repay. It may not be the last ratings cut for state and local government bonds...

Buffett skips Apple bonds, other corporate debt

May 7, 2013

Warren Buffett, the billionaire chairman and chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK/A), said he isn't investing in corporate debt, including Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s record offering, because yields are too low. “We're not buying...

Roosevelt brings in fixed-income vet to take it into bonds

October 16, 2011

If you need another sign that investors are completely spooked by the stock market, consider this: The Roosevelt Investment Group Inc., a $5 billion asset management and advisory firm known for its hefty stock allocations, is moving into the...

Institutional investors question fixed-income allocation

October 16, 2011

The poor outlook for fixed-income returns is pushing some institutional investors to consider more-active approaches to managing their fixed-income portfolios. “The real challenge for a chief investment officer or an investment committee is...

No tragedy: Greek bonds up 80% since January

December 21, 2012

Investors bold enough to buy junk- rated Greek bonds in January have earned twenty times more than owners of top-rated German debt this year even after the biggest ever sovereign restructuring. Greek government bonds returned 80 percent this...

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,...

'We love equities,' says BlackRock boss Laurence Fink

June 5, 2011

BlackRock chief executive Laurence D. Fink is more bullish on U.S. equities than bonds because companies are benefiting from the weak dollar and have surplus cash to invest for growth. “We love equities, we love dividend stocks,” Mr. Fink...

A twist on bond laddering

August 14, 2012

The macro picture these days certainly is a mixed bag. Global growth may be sputtering. Inflation may be under control, but for how long? High market volatility seems to be the new normal, while the low-interest rate environment has investors...

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...

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