Setting Investment Goals and Reviewing Targets

target-date1David Fabian:  The mid-point of any year is a great time to review your investment goals and targets.  Each investor should soon be receiving their monthly or quarterly statement from their broker.  This key document lists your individual positions and account values. 
NYSE:AGG July 8, 2016 1:52pm

Time To Rethink Your Love Affair With Bonds?

market bondsDavid Fabian:  Falling in love is one of the greatest experiences on earth.  However, it also leaves us blind to the flaws or shortcomings of our counterpart.  That is how I feel about bonds right now with the 10-Year U.S. Treasury Yield (TNX) at 1.56% and continuing to crater lower on an almost daily basis in June. 
NYSE:AGG June 21, 2016 3:29pm

Nothing Changes Sentiment Like Price

price-tagDavid Fabian:  Coming back from a week-long vacation has its advantages.  I was lucky enough to be able to unplug from the day-to-day operations of the business and markets, which allowed me to return with fresh eyes and outlook. 
NYSE:AGG June 15, 2016 2:35pm

Best Bond ETFs To Consider Buying Now

etfsKent Thune:  Finding fixed-income ETFs is no problem. Picking the best bond ETFs to buy for the fixed-income portion of your portfolio now is a challenge, to say the least.
NYSE:AGG May 2, 2016 3:48pm

Why Now May Be The Time For TIPS

inflationMatt Tucker explores the recently-resurfaced inflation conversation and discusses why now may be the time to revisit Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS).
NYSE:TBT March 2, 2016 3:07pm

Why I Still Like DoubleLine Total Return As A Core Bond Holding

wall-street-etfDavid Fabian:  Long time readers of our blog know that we are proponents of active management in the fixed-income world. Certain funds, and fund managers, have proven to be successful navigators in the complex environment of security selection, duration, and risk management.
NYSE:AGG November 12, 2015 5:47pm

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 Be Worried About A Crash In Bond Prices? [iShares Barclays Aggregate Bond Fund]

market bondsKent Thune: Friday’s jobs report from the U.S. Labor Department revealed an unexpected surge in U.S. job gains in May. As a result, bond investors are getting nervous, with some headed for the exits and dumping shares on a bet that the Federal Reserve
NYSE:AGG June 9, 2015 4:14pm

The Only Reason To Buy A Mutual Fund [Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF, iShares Barclays Aggregate Bond Fund]

mutualfundDavid Fabian: The debate between ETFs and mutual funds has become more polarizing in recent years as investors continue to be dazzled by the tremendous advantages ETFs have over their competition. Mutual funds have been tarnished by their high fees,
NYSE:AGG June 3, 2015 3:59pm

Bond ETFs Hit The Bearish Radar [iShares Barclays Aggregate Bond Fund, Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF]

market bondsRick Pendergraft: After the market dropped pretty hard Wednesday, when I ran my scans I expected a fair number of stocks and ETFs on the bearish scan.
NYSE:BND March 27, 2015 4:19pm

What Is A Key Ratio Saying About Stock Market Risk? [iShares Barclays Aggregate Bond Fund]

riskaheadChris Ciovacco:  If you knew (or thought) a bear market in stocks was just around the corner, would you prefer to be invested in 100% stocks or 100% bonds? Since the S&P 500 lost over 50% in the last two bear markets (2000-2002 and 2007-2009), the answer is easy.
NYSE:AGG March 5, 2015 4:50pm

What To Do If You Are Deep In A Hole [iShares Barclays Aggregate Bond Fund]

investDavid Fabian: I recently had a shocking conversation with a gentleman who was evaluating our asset management services for what was left of his once sizeable investment portfolio. As I often do with new investors that I meet, I asked him to give me a brief
NYSE:AGG February 26, 2015 4:51pm

Outcome Investing: Blending Index and Active Strategies [iShares Barclays Aggregate Bond Fund]

wall-street-etfHere are some of the ways that an investor can combine active and indexed solutions in a portfolio to potentially create better outcomes and help reach their investment goals.
NYSE:AGG February 9, 2015 3:53pm

Are Bond Funds A Good Idea Now? [iShares Barclays Aggregate Bond Fund]

market bondsKent Thune:  How many times in the past three years have you heard that bond mutual funds and ETFs are generally a bad idea?
NYSE:AGG January 16, 2015 4:36pm

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