Posts Tagged ‘bonds’

How To Tell When Stocks Will Outperform Bonds Again

February 17th, 2014

market bondsDouglas Davenport:  I often examine risk-off versus risk-on ratios to monitor the battle between economic fear and confidence. Or, in other words, bonds versus stocks. Read more…


The New Treasury Security: What It Means For Investors

February 12th, 2014

investWith interest rates at historic lows, investors are looking to floating rate bond funds as a way to help protect portfolio value as interest rates rise. The proof is in the numbers: investors allocated $9.2 billion to floating rate ETFs in 2013, including $3.1 billion Read more…


Bond Investors, Rein In Your Expectations

February 12th, 2014

market bondsMike Burnick: The three-decade bull market in Treasury bonds had to end sometime, and 2013 marked a major inflection point between bull and bear. Read more…


PIMCO Files For More Active ETFs

February 11th, 2014

PIMCO ETFsPIMCO, the California-based ETF and mutual fund issuer, appears to be on a roll and is seeking to triple its active ETF roster by offering variations for the popular mutual funds not only in the fixed income world, but also in the broad space – including equities and commodities. Read more…


3 Bond ETFs Surging As Interest Rates Tumble

February 7th, 2014

etfsThanks to fears over the taper’s impact on the bond markets, interest rates were slowing rising going into 2014. In fact, rates on the benchmark 10-year government bond hit 3% to start the year, leading many to fear that an interest rate spike was on the horizon. Read more…


5 Best Bond Funds To Guard Your Nest Egg

February 7th, 2014

nest-eggDavid Fabian: Bond funds were largely written off in 2013 as tens of billions poured out of these stalwart dividend vehicles last year.  Fears over rising interest rates helped to put downward pressure on fixed-income and aggregate bond indexes realized Read more…


What You Need to Know Now That Puerto Rico Is ‘Junk’

February 7th, 2014

junk bondsMike Larson: Individual investors love municipal bonds. Read more…


Fine Tuning Your ETF Income Portfolio For 2014

February 5th, 2014

etfsDavid Fabian: The woosh that you just heard is the air being let out of stocks in January and a flight to quality in treasuries that has reasserted the need for a balanced income strategy.  At the end of last year it seemed that the mainstream bias had convinced us that bonds  Read more…


New Active Bond ETFs From PIMCO In Focus

February 3rd, 2014

PIMCO ETFsEncouraged by the incredible success of the exchange traded version of its mutual fund – PIMCO Total Return Fund – the issuer has recently launched two such ETFs. Read more…


Why Your Menu Of Active ETFs Is About To Get Even Better

January 31st, 2014

new etfsDavid Fabian: The world of ETFs is expanding on an almost daily basis as investors realize the benefits of these low-cost, diversified, and easy to use investment vehicles.  The first decade of ETF issuance was primarily marked by passive strategies designed Read more…


A Duration Story, In Pictures

January 31st, 2014

technical-lookFixed income ETFs today hold $354 billion in assets, accounting for about 15% of total assets—triple their share in 2005. While the fixed income portion of the total ETF pie shrunk in 2013 as money flooded into developed equity funds, growth has remained Read more…


Interest Rates Are Surging All Around Us

January 31st, 2014

ratesMike Larson: First things first: The Federal Reserve did exactly what I predicted, before it was fashionable to predict it. They agreed to lop another $10 billion off the QE bond-buying program at this week’s meeting, slashing it to $65 billion. Read more…


Long-Term Treasury ETFs Back In Focus

January 30th, 2014

etfs etfsAfter a lackluster 2013, the fixed income world is finally gaining some traction this year. In particular, investors are adding long-term Treasuries to their portfolio as surprisingly weak jobs growth and low inflation for December raised concerns Read more…


The New Short High-Yield Municipal Index ETF In Focus

January 30th, 2014

in focus spotlightThe year 2013 was pretty rough for municipal bonds as investors embraced equities over fixed income. Beyond low returns, the fiscal strength of many municipalities remains pretty weak, as bankruptcies in small California towns and the major city Read more…


3 Bond ETFs Seeing Strong Inflows

January 29th, 2014

market bonds2013 can easily be labeled as a year which brought out clear winners and losers in the investment world. While equities clearly won the show, bonds and commodities were struggling in the red. Read more…


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