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Fixed-income focus: Beware ending up with the 'ultra-short' straw

June 12, 2019

So far this year, the Federal Reserve has gone from being in a firm rate-hiking cycle into a so-called "Powell pause" — where it put interest rates on hold due to slowing global growth and rising risks to the U.S. economy. Following an extension...

Investors are headed to extra innings

June 4, 2019

After a wild and disappointing finish to last year, investors were bracing for more tough times ahead. Instead, with the S&P 500 Index knocking on the door of a bear market long in hibernation, suddenly and seemingly all at once, everything...

Muni funds land a year's worth of cash in four months

April 25, 2019

It's only four months into 2019, and already mutual funds that invest in state and local-government debt have raked in more cash than they usually do in a year. Investors added $1.1 billion to such funds in the week ended April 17, the fifteenth...

Smart money is pouring into fixed income

April 19, 2019

Even with the roaring start to 2019 that has the S&P 500 Index up nearly 16% through Thursday, an increased appetite for fixed-income strategies suggests the emergence of a more conservative mindset among investors. While the first three months...

New ETF offers a way to bet on credit volatility

April 17, 2019

The short-volatility complex is coming to corporate debt ETFs. An exchange-traded fund that will test appetite for credit volatility as a standalone asset class arrived this month, smack in the middle of the calmest junk-bond markets since October....

BlackRock rebounds as clients move from cash to fixed income

April 16, 2019

BlackRock Inc. rebounded from a rocky end of last year, as customers jumped into its fixed-income products and showed interest in illiquid alternatives. The world's largest asset manager saw $65 billion in net inflows in the first quarter, the...

BlackRock wages secret fee war for junk-debt ETF investors

April 9, 2019

A covert price war is raging between money managers looking to lure junk-bond investors. BlackRock Inc., the world's largest issuer of exchange-traded funds, has slashed the cost of its iShares Broad USD High Yield Corporate Bond ETF by waiving...

Morningstar improving bond fund data reporting

April 4, 2019

Morningstar Inc. is changing up the way it reports fixed-income data for investors and financial advisers. The switch relates to how Morningstar, which provides data and research on mutual funds and exchange-traded funds, reports important fixed-income...

Staying active in a year of volatility

March 21, 2019

Two months ago, we made two broad predictions about the credit markets. The first was that 2019 would be characterized by volatility, with 2018-like ups and downs, albeit with much greater uncertainty and potential for more severe outcomes....

Brookfield buys Oaktree to build an alternatives giant

March 13, 2019

Brookfield Asset Management Inc. agreed to buy a majority stake in Oaktree Capital Group, a combination that would rival Blackstone Group as the world's largest alternative money manager. Brookfield will acquire a 62% stake in Oaktree in a cash...

JPMorgan's $50 billion fund is cutting equities on dovish Fed

February 26, 2019

One of JPMorgan Asset Management's largest mutual funds is selling stocks, wagering that a dovish Federal Reserve is signaling burgeoning risks to global economic growth. Eric Bernbaum, co-portfolio manager of the JPMorgan's $50 billion Global...

Philadelphia sues seven banks over 'collusion' in municipal bond deals

February 21, 2019

Philadelphia sued seven banks, including JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Bank of America Corp., accusing them of costing local governments billions of dollars by colluding to fix the prices on floating-rate bonds issued to finance public works. The...

Mortgage ETF is one of the most popular this year

February 20, 2019

Investors on the hunt for both safety and a touch of yield have made a product stuffed with mortgage-backed securities the third-most popular exchange-traded fund this year. The $15 billion iShares MBS ETF (MBB) has taken in more than $3 billion...

Fidelity adds bond, multi-asset choices to model portfolios

February 7, 2019

Fidelity has expanded its model portfolio offering by adding a portfolio for bond income and one for multi-asset income. The additions are the first models offered by Fidelity that include exchange-traded funds, along with active and passive...

Vanguard defends the value of active bond funds

February 6, 2019

Quick — what's the first word you associate with Vanguard Group Inc., the $5.1 trillion investing giant? Perhaps it's "indexing" or "passive," referring to some of the asset manager's largest fund offerings, such as its $577 billion Vanguard...

Why muni bond dealers welcome the tax-the-rich push

February 4, 2019

Politics aside, one corner of Wall Street is likely welcoming Democrats' talk of raising taxes on the rich. Higher rates tend to be a good thing for the $3.8 trillion state and local government bond market, a haven for investors looking for...

Bill Gross retires after four-decade career in bonds

February 4, 2019

Bill Gross, who reigned for decades as the Bond King at Pacific Investment Management Co., is retiring more than four years after jumping to Janus Henderson Group from the fixed-income giant he co-founded. "I've had a wonderful ride for over...

Bond titan blasts 'misguided' bet that Fed hikes are over

February 1, 2019

A investor responsible for $150 billion worth of debt warned markets are getting ahead of themselves with big bets that the Federal Reserve is taking an extended pause in raising interest rates. "The market's assumption that the Fed will not...

Bull market's dividend ride comes back to earth

January 22, 2019

For Lode Devlaminck, it was the turning point — the moment corporate titans and their shareholders had to pay for the excesses of the credit cycle. In October, Anheuser-Busch InBev halved its dividend after the world's largest brewer confronted...

Gundlach warns U.S. economy is floating on 'ocean of debt'

January 14, 2019

Jeffrey Gundlach said yet again that the U.S. economy is gorging on debt. Echoing many of the themes from his annual "Just Markets" webcast Tuesday, Mr. Gundlach took part in a roundtable of 10 of Wall Street's smartest investors for Barron's....

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