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    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.

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    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

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    Pimco performance stats refute Gross' 'turnaround' statement

    Underlying risk metrics suggest the Pimco Total Return Fund continues to have a tough time beating competitors.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

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    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.

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    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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    SEC turns gaze to municipals

    Scrutiny is welcome as muni bonds have long been a choice vehicle for tax-free income.

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    UBS, Merrill push to keep bond fund hearings in Puerto Rico

    In confidential meeting, firms' attorneys oppose allowing arbitration cases to be heard in Southeast venues.