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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...

2018 outlook in bond investing calls for change

January 6, 2018

The bond market is bracing for change in 2018. With a backdrop of a handful of expected interest-rate hikes from the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, this year could represent the start of the first bear market in bonds since the 1980s. If...

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...

High-yield bonds attract flows

October 11, 2009

High-yield bonds have given stocks a run for investors' money this year, and a tepid U.S. economic recovery could keep institutional money flowing to that corner of the credit market, according to some market watchers. Even with the Merrill...

Gross: "New normal' may be to avoid bonds

October 4, 2009

In the “new normal” of slower economic growth and lower investment returns, Pacific Investment Management Co. LLC's Bill Gross is himself buying steady, dividend- paying stocks. “You want to look for stability of income and growth,”...

Heavy government borrowing, inflationary policies to cut bond prices

September 6, 2009

The three-decade overall bull market in bonds is dead — and though there are opportunities in some corporate and emerging-markets bonds, the easy money has been made. Market watchers are warning that investors who seek safety in Treasuries...

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...

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...

Avoid these bond-buying pitfalls

December 22, 2017

Nearly every day, I see municipal bonds trading on various platforms at higher prices than I've been watching them trade elsewhere. And what bothers me most is that I know that behind those trades are real people for whom the stakes of making...

Bill Gross had nightmare day as fears about Italy roiled markets

May 30, 2018

Bill Gross had his worst day in almost four years Tuesday. For other bond managers, it was more like Christmas in May. The steep decline in interest rates triggered by fears that Italy might leave the euro sent Mr. Gross's $2.1 billion Janus...

Morgan Stanley slashes junk bond allocation

January 4, 2018

It's too late in this market cycle to bet on high-yield bonds, according to Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. So, the $2 trillion money management arm is completely slashing junk bond allocation. True, tax cuts are expected to inject fresh momentum...

Bob Doll: Bearish arguments for stocks overstate the negatives

December 7, 2015

Financial markets have been beset by an assortment of issues in 2015. The manufacturing sector slowed, Chinese growth weakened, commodity prices fell, deflation concerns persisted and geopolitical risks grew. Given this backdrop, it would hardly...

Pimco loses another crown, this one for emerging markets bonds

November 18, 2015

Pimco loses another crown. It's hard to survive a 62% drop in assets. Don't go too crazy cheering when a company you own announces a big stock buyback. It might boost the share price but there is — there always is — a down side The cannibalized...

Bill Gross says Treasuries are in 'hibernating bear market'

May 3, 2018

If billionaire bond investor Bill Gross is right, most of this year's excitement in the Treasury market is behind us and yields won't see a substantial move from here. The Janus Henderson fund manager doesn't see a blowout in yields to much...

Vanguard's Bogle sees pension pain in low bond returns

December 7, 2017

Jack Bogle isn't optimistic about the state of U.S. pensions over the next decade. The founder of Vanguard Group thinks a conservative portfolio of bonds will only return about 3% a year over the next decade, and stocks won't do much better,...

Why are investors still flocking to bonds?

October 18, 2017

Life is full of mysteries. Why are cats terrified of cucumbers? Why does your phone suggest you need a chain saw? And why have investors been putting so much money into bond funds? The last question is particularly vexing if you hold the notion...

As dividend-paying stocks fall out of favor, trading strategies could help

July 28, 2015

As the consensus coalesces around a Federal Reserve interest rate hike this fall, investors have begun to rotate out of stocks from traditional dividend-paying sectors, which had been popular through the prolonged period of ultra-low interest...

Bond investors should prepare for string of rate hikes in 2018

November 22, 2017

Yield-starved investors likely will have more to nibble on now through 2018, as the Federal Reserve is widely expected to introduce between four and five interest-rate hikes over the next 13 months. While the bond markets have been treading...

With yields low and interest rates headed up, what kind of bonds do advisers buy? ​

September 19, 2017

The ancient Etruscans believed you could tell the future by examining sheep livers, a practice called haruspicy. This was known as the wisdom of the ancients. Nevertheless, haruspicy probably had a better record of predicting interest rates...

Largest U.S. pension fund may slash exposure to stocks

November 13, 2017

The California Public Employees' Retirement System, the largest U.S. pension fund, is considering more than doubling its bond allocation to reduce risk and volatility as the stock bull market approaches nine years. Calpers is looking at a menu...

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