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OppenheimerFunds sees some funds shrink on Puerto Rico bonds
OppenheimerFunds Inc., the largest holder of Puerto Rico debt among mutual funds, has seen some of its funds lose almost a third of their assets in the past year, data compiled by Bloomberg show.Investors are pulling cash from the New York-based company's funds as bondholders speculate Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico debt depresses UBS Wealth earnings
Despite record revenue at UBS Wealth Management Americas, profits fell in the second quarter as the firm reported that it had to set aside $44M for litigation costs, mostly related to the firm's investments in Puerto Rico.
Fixed-income ETFs continue to build off 2014's fast start
Bond markets continued to build off Q1 2014's fast start, and bond fund groups of all stripes did well; from Treasuries to emerging markets and from corporates to munis—seemingly everyone had a fantastic quarter. All of this came as the U.S. economy faced mixed results in the quarter's data: Q1 GDP
Pimco performance stats refute Gross' 'turnaround' statement
Underlying risk metrics suggest the Pimco Total Return Fund continues to have a tough time beating competitors.
The downsides of laddered bond portfolios
We think investors who build laddered portfolios to protect against rising rates will be disappointed — by locking in low yields with traditional ladders or by hidden risks of higher-yielding ladders. In our view, actively managed portfolios are better able to take advantage of changing markets.
Pimco's Gross bets $200 million of cash on low interest rate
Bill Gross has wagered almost $200 million of his own money on a bet that interest rates will stay low.
Muni bond funds face ongoing Puerto Rican woes
Muni bond funds face ongoing Puerto Rican woes as Franklin Templeton and OppenheimerFunds challenge legality of Puerto Rican debt law
Let there be light in fixed-income markets: SEC's White
Agency chief says greater transparency would promote price competition, improve market efficiency and facilitate best execution.
Best- and worst-performing fixed-income mutual funds
Core Bond Funds Top 10Portfolio net assets ($M)1-year return3-year return5-year returnExpense ratio*Voya Investment Grade Credit Fund SMA (ISCFX)$100.07.74%5.78%7.37%0.00%Putnam Income Fund A (PINCX)$1,378.75.86%5.69%10.33%0.87%Guggenheim Investment Grade Bond Fund A
Bond rally means now is the time to re-evaluate muni holdings
In early 2013, we urged investors to take a hard look at the interest-rate risk in their bond portfolios. If they didn't do it then, they have a chance to do it now.
Web tool offers pricing information for municipal bonds
Investors now have a 'long overdue' online tool to find and compare prices of municipal bonds, bringing clarity to an often opaque market.
Bond market message to Fed: Your 4% rate outlook is too high
The bond market, unparalleled in predicting shifts in the U.S. economy over the decades, has a message: Interest rates aren't going to rise as high as even the Federal Reserve's own forecast.
Navigating the global fixed income waters when interest rates are rising
Opportunities in municipal bonds: Potential opportunities to achieve high income over the long term if liquidity from other fixed-income investments dries up.
Finra gets arbitration process back on track in Puerto Rico
After several months of deliberations, Finra has expanded its pool of arbitrators and is ready to move forward with the hundreds of complaints related to collapses in Puerto Rico bond funds. That doesn't necessarily mean smooth sailing.