U.S. Treasury notes declined on Tuesday amid a speech by Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard.» Read More
With interest rates at or near historic lows, you may think it is time to flee the bond market. Don't. "Despite the talk of a bond bubble or a bond bear market, it’s not the end of the world for a diversified investor," says one market watcher.
Uncertainty in Europe and the "rush to safety" had some observers predicting I’d give Tuesday’s $42 billion 2-year Treasury note auction an A+. I gave it a B-.
Investors should think about the kinds of stocks, bonds and commodities they own, balancing risk and exposure. It is less about picking great stocks, then diversifying among and within asset classes.
The strategy of diversifying one’s portfolio across a variety of asset classes was put to the test during the 2008-2009 market meltdown. And the outcome wasn’t good. Now what?
Analysts said that the results of Wednesday’s 10-year $21 billion Treasury auction gave a clear signal that investors have a healthy appetite for U.S. government debt and will serve as a bellwether for how those auctions will perform going forward.
The 1.776 percent yield alone of the 3-year $40 billion Treasury auction Tuesday earns the auction a solid grade of B.
So has the big opportunity in fixed income expired? Gross seems to think so, and we tend to agree. Given the extraordinary amount of government spending and soaring federal budget deficits, we believe inflation is likely to rear its ugly head within 2-3 years.
The recent slump in housing is making some analysts uneasy about a recovery that looked sustainable just a couple months ago and comes as the Fed is nearing the end of a program to support the mortgage market.
Retirement isn't all about fixed-income investing. Your portfolio also needs a solid income stream and growth potential (for offsetting inflation). Otherwise, you may outlive your savings.
With corporate bond demand facing an uncertain period after a robust 2009, investors face a hunt for yield in which bond funds will play an even greater role.
If you haven’t maxed out your 401k/403b contributions at work, you are eligible to take advantage of what is known as the catch-up provision. In essence, if you haven’t saved as much as legally possible every year you’ve been working, you are able to contribute an extra $5,500 per year (over and above the legal limit - $16,500) into your retirement plan in 2010.
Junk bonds have returned a monstrous 56% thus far this year. “For performance-chasing investors, junk was the only game in town,” says one pro.
If a largely tax-free return on your investment isn’t already good enough, if you’re still jittery about the market, you might be looking for a less risky alternative to stocks and even some fixed income vehicles.
Cramer interviews BlackRock's co-head of US fixed income to find out.
Civil War is breaking out on the board of directors of Bank of America over the selection of a successor to CEO Ken Lewis, people close to the company say.
Tom Maheras, Citigroup's former president and the man at the heart of the firm's push into what eventually became tens of billions of dollars in toxic debt, is running a hedge fund that is up 84 percent so far this year thanks at least in part to some unusual investing.
A trader blamed with crippling Citigroup is making a comeback by starting a hedge fund that has already attracted decent interest, people familiar with the situation told CNBC.
Investors accustomed to seeing strong stock market gains at the end of the year may be wondering what is in store this year after the multi-month rally, but suppose we are in for a double dip recession or an anemic recovery? Follow these tips.
For some investors "there still is a case of once bitten, twice shy,” says one money manager. If that describes you, here's some things to consider in weighing your fixed income and equities options.