Why The Drop In Stocks Feels So Painful

bearbull2David Fabian:   The last week and a half has certainly been a roller coaster ride of emotions in the stock market.  After a 3-day sell off that culminated in extreme levels of fear, broad-based equity benchmarks managed to stage a sharp rally that has alleviated (some) feelings of panic.
NYSE:AGG August 31, 2015 4:06pm

Should You Hold High-Yield Bond Funds Now? [iShares IBoxx $ Invest Grade Corp Bd Fd]

yieldKent Thune: High-yield bond funds and dividend stocks have supported the income needs of investors for several years as government bonds have paid almost nothing. But what happens to high-yield portfolio values in the next crisis?
NYSE:LQD May 26, 2015 4:58pm

Retirees Face An Asset Allocation Conundrum [Vanguard High Dividend Yield ETF, Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF]

retirement-plansDavid Fabian: One of my clients recently sent me an article from CNBC on the big shift in thinking for retirees with the need for an income plan. The story essentially centers on the conundrum of how to generate an acceptable yield without taking an inordinate amount of risk.
NYSE:BND May 20, 2015 5:18pm

What Oil’s Drop Means For Your Energy Holdings [Energy Select Sector SPDR (ETF)]

oil gasAs oil hits a five year low, Matt Tucker explains how the effect will extend far beyond what you pay at the pump.
NYSE:AMPS December 17, 2014 4:38pm

4 Ways To Increase Your Corporate Bond Exposure [iShares Trust, iShares iBoxx $ High Yid Corp Bond (ETF)]

market bondsIn my last Blog post, I discussed how the search for income in a low interest rate environment sparked flows into high yield bonds, and how this segment has seen a sell-off in recent months. Looking at the corporate bond market over the past few years,
NYSE:CSJ September 29, 2014 11:36am

Four Ways To Increase Your Corporate Bond Exposure [iShares iBoxx $ High Yid Corp Bond (ETF)]

market bondsIn my last Blog post, I discussed how the search for income in a low interest rate environment sparked flows into high yield bonds, and how this segment has seen a sell-off in recent months. Looking at the corporate bond market over the past few years,
NYSE:CSJ August 19, 2014 1:30pm

What A Difference A Year Makes For Interest Rate-Sensitive ETFs [iShares IBoxx $ Invest Grade Corp Bd Fd]

ratesDavid Fabian: As we close in on the mid-point of 2014, I am reminded of the panic that was just setting in with respect to interest rate-sensitive ETFs this time last year.
NYSE:DVY June 27, 2014 11:39am

Hedging Rising Interest Rates [iShares Barclays 20+ Yr Treas.Bond (ETF), ProShares UltraShort Lehman 20+ Yr(ETF)]

ratesI continue to get questions about how the Fed’s tapering of bond purchases, which is currently underway, will impact investors’ fixed income positions and how to best prepare a portfolio for rising interest rates. As I explained in a recent Blog post, we expect rates
NYSE:HYG June 6, 2014 1:48pm

Scary Wrong Corporate Bond Advice [iShares IBoxx $ Invest Grade Corp Bd Fd, iShares Barclays 1-3 Year Credit Bond Fd]

scaryI usually start with a bond or stock idea, but I came across some comments about the corporate bond market in Barron’s that were so wrong and could do so much damage to a retired person looking for income in this tough income market that I had to do
NASDAQ:VCSH May 20, 2014 8:08am

Going All In On Bond ETFs? [iShares IBoxx $ Invest Grade Corp Bd Fd, iShares Barclays 20+ Yr Treas.Bond (ETF)]

market bondsDavid Fabian: The most talked about trade of the year so far has been the snapback in bonds. After entering 2014 as one of the most hated asset classes (alongside commodities), the majority of fixed-income securities have outperformed stocks
NYSE:LQD May 19, 2014 3:22pm

Why Now May Be The Right Time For Emerging Market Bonds [iShares iBoxx $ High Yid Corp Bond (ETF), iShares IBoxx $ Invest Grade Corp Bd Fd]

emerging-marketsAfter several months of not hearing much about emerging market (EM) bonds (other than “Where’s the exit?”), we have recently been fielding questions on whether there is value in this space. A key focus is the relative value of USD denominated EM debt relative
NYSE:EMB May 14, 2014 12:21pm

Small Cap ETFs Signal Warning Signs [iShares IBoxx $ Invest Grade Corp Bd Fd, iShares Russell 2000 Index (ETF)]

ETFsDavid Fabian: The direction of stocks has been decidedly mixed over the last several months. Large cap indexes such as the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) and Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (DIA) have been mostly trading sideways with some slight upward directional bias.
NYSE:DIA May 12, 2014 12:59pm

We Are On The Verge Of A Correction In Bonds [Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF, iShares IBoxx $ Invest Grade Corp Bd Fd]

Municipal BondIf you know what to look for, the market will occasionally let you know what’s coming. And one of the best indicators of where a market is going is a capitulation. A capitulation is a point at which selling reaches a high rate. Think about the fall of 2008 - everyone sold
NYSE:BND April 7, 2014 1:47pm

Volatile Interest Rate Moves Underscore the Inflation vs. Deflation Debate [iShares iBoxx $ High Yid Corp Bond (ETF), iShares Barclays 20+ Yr Treas.Bond (ETF)]

ratesDavid Fabian: It’s been a while since I addressed the topics of interest rates, tapering, and the impact of these concepts on our investment portfolios.  Last week’s better than expected jobs report significantly lifted both intermediate and long-term interest rates
NYSE:HYG March 11, 2014 3:02pm

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