NEW YORK, Feb 23- BlackRock Inc is planning to launch its first so-called "smart beta" bond fund that will adjust the holdings of a traditional bond index to achieve an equal balance of credit and interest rate risk. "You've seen this trend on the equity side, and I think you're seeing it start to accelerate on the fixed-income side," said Matt Tucker, head of iShares...» Read More
Discussing the possibility of introducing full-blown quantitative easing in Europe, Patrick Spencer, MD and Director of International Institutional Equity Sales at Baird, says that if the euro zone economy continues to deteriorate, then central banks need QE, as they don¿t have the tools to fight deflation.
*Company bonds fall as much as 4.3 cents in dollar as rouble slumps. LONDON, Dec 15- Dollar bonds of Russian companies suffered a fresh selloff on Monday, as the rouble's fall past the 60- per-dollar level and the threat of more sanctions fanned fears about future debt repayments. Adding to pressure on Russian markets was news that the U.S. Congress had passed a bill...
Discussing whether low oil prices will lead to consolidation in the energy industry, with Greg Zuckerman, author of "The Frackers" and Wall Street Journal writer, and Joe Petrowski, Mercantor Partners founder.
Pantheon Macroeconomics' chief economist Ian Shepherdson, weighs in on red flags in the credit market.
HONG KONG, Dec 12- Chinese investors are pricing in the higher risk of lower-rated bonds after a debt market clampdown, a tentative but positive sign for regulators who want to restart productive investment without sparking a refinancing free-for-all. The debt repricing follows a clampdown on Monday by China's official bond clearing house on the corporate...
Quantitative easing was a success for the U.S., however will full-blown QE provide the same results for Europe? Nick Carn, founder of Carn Macro Advisors, considers this further.
Emerging markets may be buffeted by a stronger U.S. dollar and lower commodity prices, but the segment's bonds still look like a good bet, analysts said.
With the announcement of Greece's political uncertainty, Silvio Peruzzo, European economist at Nomura discusses how this could impact sovereign bond buying.
S&P downgraded its rating on Italian debt down to 'BBB -'. Charles Diebel, head of Macro Strategy at Aviva Investors, says that unless there's a further downgrade, Italy doesn't need to worry.
MILAN, Dec 5- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles began meeting U.S. investors on Friday after launching a $2.5 billion convertible bond issue and a share sale to reduce its debt pile and fund an ambitious investment plan. The newly created FCA, which moved its primary share listing to New York in October, wants to invest 48 billion euros over five years to turn Jeep, Maserati...
After the ECB meeting, Bill O'Neill from UBS Wealth Management gives his take on why the ECB is hesitating over QE.
The European Central Bank is currently taking "baby steps" towards quantitative easing, when really Europe needs a "bazooka", says Anthony Doyle, head of Fixed Income Investment Specialists at M&G Investments.
External forces like the Bank of Japan and the ECB are extremely influential on the U.S. bond market and on the Fed's rate hike, says George Goncalves, managing director and head of US Rates Strategy at Nomura Securities Intl.
European Central Bank President Mario Draghi is more likely to announce sovereign bond-buying and further asset purchases in the first quarter of 2015, says Peter Schaffrik, head of European rates strategy at RBC Capital Markets.
CNBC's David Faber speaks to Jim Casey, JPMorgan global head of debt capital markets, about concern over oil prices stopping firms from paying off debt and causing a ripple effect in the market.
Treasuries fell on Tuesday, with prices pressured by a Wall Street rally and institutional investors readying for a $6 billion corporate bond deal from leading retailer Amazon. "Today was primarily about the rebound in equity prices," said Ian Lyngen, senior government bond strategist at CRT Capital in Stamford, Connecticut. "There is a lot of corporate issuance...
Debt-fuelled buybacks and mergers will continue to grow and "intensify" in 2015, says Brian Reynolds, chief market strategist at Rosenblatt Securities.
Continued reform and measures to encourage banks to lend in Europe would be better than outright sovereign quantitative easing says Paras Anand, head of European equities at Fidelity Worldwide Investment.
Benedict Nielsen, head of primary debt markets for EMEA and Asia ex-Japan at Nomura, says that as banks are pushed to raise more capital, they will explore other markets to issue bonds, such as Japan.
BOSTON, Dec 2- Collapsing energy prices have hit hard U.S. corporate junk bond funds, putting them on track for their worst performance in six years by squeezing the exploration and drilling companies that have been among most active issuers of high-yield debt. Last week's decision by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries to refrain from...