Bonds / Fixed Income
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Regulators quiz money managers about liquidity as market volatility spikes
BlackRock's Laurence Fink just one CEO asked about what's going on in financial markets lately.
The Fed's QE sleight of hand: Please ignore that $4.5T balance sheet
Breakfast with Benjamin - The Federal Reserve's QE sleight of hand, cheap oil's winners and losers, Schwab bringing advisers premium Morningstar access, and more.
Advisers played a role in market sell-off as they turned to risk-averse ETFs
Pattern of investors moving out of stocks could be set for balance of the year and into 2015.
Holiday spending can't come soon enough for the economy, markets
On today's Breakfast with Benjamin menu: Investors banking on holiday spending. Plus: Less-secure Social Security, when gold and platinum run in stride, Facebook is now bigger than IBM, and the tired saga on endless office meetings.
The Fed struts its market-timing skills to inject a sense of calm
Breakfast with Benjamin: The Fed tries to inject a sense of calm in the market, Mohamed El-Erian passes on Pimco, all economists get it wrong, a global currency war is unfolding before our eyes, and more.
The bitter economic costs of cheap oil
Breakfast with Benjamin: The bitter economic costs of cheap oil, plus notes on taking advantage of the rising dollar, avoiding bond funds like the plague, and running toward market volatility.
Passive fixed-income strategies? Not in today's environment
The advantages of active strategies come from identifying value with respect to credit risk, interest rate levels and currency valuations, according to Legg Mason's Thomas Hoops.
Pimco, challenging Jack Bogle, defends active bond management
Facing outflows amid increasing trend toward passive management, firm says some fixed income managers can meaningfully add to returns
Third quarter fixed-income ETF data
Ranked by quarterly returns Name/ticker3-month return1-year returnNet assets ($M)Expense ratio*3-month average daily volumePowerShares D.B. U.S. Dollar Index Bullish Fund (UUP)7.42%5.69%$713.30.75%1,046,520WisdomTree Bloomberg U.S. Dollar Bullish Fund (USDU)6.24%N/A$57.30.50%7,416Pimco 25+ Year
Market volatility gives liquid alts first real test
One upside to the stock market carnage of the past week or two is that the wildly popular alternative-strategy mutual funds, better known as liquid alts, have finally been tested on the open road.
Fattened by the Federal Reserve, the markets want more
Breakfast with Benjamin: Fresh talk of extending QE is a sign that the markets just want more. Plus, gold shines bright among the carnage, learning to love leverage, and more.
Markets in a 'bad mood' as S&P 500 gives back year's gains
Weak economic numbers and an Ebola panic spurred a pullback, causing the S&P 500 to give back the year's gains.
UBS settles with Puerto Rico regulators for $5.2M over bond improprieties
UBS Financial Services Inc. of Puerto Rico, a unit of UBS Wealth Management Americas, has agreed to pay $5.2 million to settle allegations by Puerto Rico regulators that the firm's brokers may have improperly placed clients into its proprietary closed-end bond funds.
When in doubt, follow the bond market's lead
Breakfast with Benjamin: When in doubt, follow bonds' lead. Plus: Consumer spending to the rescue, Johnson replaces Johnson at Fidelity, and more.
The endless bond bull market
A lot of downside risk in fixed income has been removed and investors should take advantage of strong investment opportunities that have formed in the bond market.