Trillion-Dollar Firms Dominating Bonds Prompting Probes

Posted by Forexsq 3 days ago (http://www.bloomberg.com)
img Bill Gross and Larry Fink manage a $3 trillion pile of bonds -- an amount almost as big as Germany’s economy. Their firms, Pacific Investment Management Co. and BlackRock Inc. (BLK), doubled holdings since 2008, outpacing the market’s growth of 50 percent.

Some of the largest hedge-fund firms, including Bridgewater Associates LP and BlueCrest Capital Management LLP, have also more than doubled

Greece sells first bonds in 4 years

Posted by Forexsq 7 days ago (http://money.cnn.com)
img Yes, you read that right. Greece has sold new bonds to international investors for the first time since its economy collapsed four years ago.

The Greek Finance Ministry said Thursday that it raised €3 billion ($4.2 billion) by selling 5-year bonds, its first debt issue since the eurozone country received €240 billion of bailout loans from the European Union and International Monetary Fund.

Junk Bonds at $2 Trillion as Gundlach Pulls Back: Credit Markets

Posted by Forexsq 29 days ago (http://www.bloomberg.com)
img The junk-bond bonanza that’s doubled the market to almost $2 trillion since the credit crisis has Jeffrey Gundlach heading toward the exit.

Less than 12 months after saying the Federal Reserve’s stimulus and a plunge in defaults would support the market for speculative-grade debt for another four years, the head of DoubleLine Capital LP is trimming its allocations. With borrowing costs for the

Italian Bonds Rise With Spain’s as Renzi to Form New Government

Posted by Forexsq 59 days ago (http://www.bloomberg.com)
img Italian government bonds advanced with those of Spain and Portugal amid optimism Matteo Renzi’s designation as prime minister will result in a government that will accelerate economic reform.

Italy’s 10-year yields dropped to the lowest level in eight years as President Giorgio Napolitano asked the Democratic Party leader to try to form a new government after previous premier Enrico Letta resi

Bonds Captivate $16 Trillion of Pensions

Posted by Forexsq 94 days ago (http://www.bloomberg.com)
img Bond buyers stung by the first losses in more than a decade can look to pension funds from companies such as Ford Motor Co. (F) for a measure of redemption.

Ford’s $64 billion pension is piling into bonds to reduce risk and lock in higher interest rates after a surge in yields and the biggest stock gain since 1997 sliced its funding shortfall by about half. The second-largest American automake

Bond fund and ETF types that deserve your money now

Posted by Forexsq 106 days ago (http://www.marketwatch.com)
img The death of a decades-strong bond bull market may be exaggerated, but fixed-income investors aren’t waiting to find out.

Buyers abandoned U.S. fixed income mutual funds and exchange-traded funds in 2013, most heading for stocks, in a record outflow from bond funds spurred by the Federal Reserve plans to “taper” its economy-supporting bond buying.

Fed likely to reduce bond buying, pass policy milestone

Posted by Forexsq 211 days ago (http://www.reuters.com)
img The U.S. Federal Reserve is expected to begin its long retreat from ultra-easy monetary policy on Wednesday by announcing a small reduction in its bond buying, while stressing that interest rates will remain near zero for a long time to come.

Most economists expect the Fed to scale back its monthly purchases by a modest $10 billion, taking them to $75 billion and signaling the beginning of the

Bill Gross says ‘carry on’ with bonds

Posted by Forexsq 252 days ago (http://blogs.marketwatch.com)
img Bill Gross has an important message for you about the bond market. In fact, “This may be the most important conceptual change I have ever written about in an Investment Outlook. Readers who have stuck with this Outlook at least to this point have a scoop, if not a magic feather,” he writes.

But Gross, co-chief investment officer at Pimco and manager of its Total Return Fund PTTRX , is also th

Bond Funds Losing $60 Billion Foreshadow Risk of Fed Exit

Posted by Forexsq 287 days ago (http://www.bloomberg.com)
img Investors have pulled about $60 billion from U.S. bond funds since Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke rattled markets by outlining his plan to end the central bank’s unprecedented asset purchases.

The redemptions foreshadow what’s in store for asset managers when the central bank eventually scales back the $85 billion in monthly purchases of bonds and mortgage securities that investors h

Dumping your bond funds? Read this first

Posted by Forexsq 290 days ago (http://www.marketwatch.com)
img That’s not just the choice that most investors face every morning, it’s what they had to decide recently after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke hinted that the central bank will soon end its program of buying bonds to support the market and keep interest rates low.

While many observers felt that Bernanke was simply floating a trial balloon — trying to gauge the market sentiment while also

Lost Decade for Bonds Looms With Growing Return for Equities

Posted by Forexsq 297 days ago (http://www.bloomberg.com)
img U.S. Treasuries are now providing less than half the yield of stocks, giving investors little reason to keep the three-decade bull market in bonds alive as housing starts, consumer confidence and corporate profits point to an improving economy.

While 10-year Treasuries yield 2.61 percent, up from a 2013 low of 1.61 percent on May 1, the aggregate earnings yield of stocks in the Standard & Poor

Bonds Tumble With Stocks as Gold Drops in Rout on Fed

Posted by Forexsq 301 days ago (http://www.bloomberg.com)
img Bonds and stocks fell around the world, with shares in emerging markets sinking the most in 20 months, after the Federal Reserve said it may phase out stimulus and China’s cash crunch worsened. Gold led commodities lower.

The 10-year Treasury note yield climbed five basis points to 2.41 percent, the highest since October 2011, at 8:35 a.m. in New York after jumping 17 basis points yesterday, a

Should you buy Apple bonds?

Posted by Forexsq 351 days ago (http://www.marketwatch.com)
img Apple’s first bond sale in more than a decade is sure to get attention. But pros say most investors will want to stick with the stock.

The maker of iPads, iPhones and Macbooks made headlines Tuesday saying it planned to sell $15 billion to $17 billion worth of bonds as part of its strategy to return profits to shareholders. Apple’s devoted customers have shown a willingness to buy almost anyth

U.S. Bonds Cheapest Since ’90 Versus Bunds Counter Buffett

Posted by Forexsq 332 days ago (http://www.bloomberg.com)
img The longest decline in Treasuries this year has left U.S. government debt the cheapest since March 2011 when measured by real yields and the best relative value compared with German bunds in more than two decades.

After inflation, 10-year U.S. notes yielded 0.91 percent last week, or 1.77 percentage points more than real yields on U.K. gilts, the widest spread in 25 months. Versus Germany, the

Buffett: Stocks are great right now, bonds are bad

Posted by Forexsq 346 days ago (http://blogs.marketwatch.com)
img Fresh off Berkshire Hathaway's annual meeting, Warren Buffett talks stocks, bonds, J.P. Morgan and the debate over splitting the jobs of chairman and chief executive, J.C. Penney and more.

If you didn’t collect enough of Warren Buffett’s wisdom from Berkshire Hathaway’s brkb BRKB +0.97% annual meeting, the news channel CNBC followed up Monday with a Buffett lovefest, interviewing the Oracle of
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