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Bonds January 2012 Archive


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Outlook for MLPs

Monday January 30, 2012
Thanks to their attractive dividend yields Master Limited Partnerships, or MLPs, have become a very popular option for income-seeking investors in today's low rate environment. MLPs were the best performing ... Read More

Three High-Yielding ETFs For a Low-Rate Environment

Sunday January 29, 2012
Income-oriented investors remain starved for yield, and based on the Fed's statement Wednesday, it looks as though rates will remain low for several years to come. The search for ... Read More

The Impact of Fed Policy on Savers, Part II

Sunday January 29, 2012
Wednesday's announcement by Fed Chairman Benjamin Bernanke that short-term rates would remain low until late 2014 - rather than mid-2013, as he had said previously - has had a positive ... Read More

5- and 7-Year U.S. Treasury Yields Hit Record Lows

Thursday January 26, 2012
The U.S. Federal Reserve's announcement that it intends to keep short-term rates near zero until late 2014 is having its intended effect on longer-term yields, as the 5-year note hit ... Read More

Five High-Yielding Emerging Market Bond Funds

Thursday January 26, 2012
One option for investors who are searching for yield is to look to the emerging markets, where yields are higher than they here in the United States. Learn more about ... Read More

How the Fed's Low-Rate Policy is Hurting Savers

Thursday January 26, 2012
In announcing that intends to maintain its low-rate policy for nearly three more years, the U.S. Federal Reserve continues to make it impossible for investors to earn an acceptable return ... Read More

Fed to Keep Rates Low Until 2014

Wednesday January 25, 2012
The U.S. Federal Reserve marked the beginning of its new policy of increased transparency on Wednesday with a surprise for investors. In previous communiques, the Fed has stated its intention ... Read More

Why are Treasury Yields Rising?

Tuesday January 24, 2012
It has been a tough few days for U.S. Treasuries. Yields have risen sharply from their lows of last week - as their prices have declined - in a reflection ... Read More

Where to Find Yield in Today's Low Rate Environment

Tuesday January 24, 2012
As fixed income investors are undoubtedly aware, low yields are punishing conservative investors. Low rates on bank accounts, certificates of deposit, money market funds, and short-term U.S. Treasuries are making ... Read More

Best Bond Mutual Funds

Wednesday January 18, 2012
SmartMoney.com has posted its list of the best taxable bond funds of the past five years. The winners are: Dreyfus International Bond (DIBAX) Templeton Global Bond (TPINX) Metropolitan West Total Return ... Read More

PIMCO Total Return Fund ETF to launch on March 1

Tuesday January 17, 2012
It's about to get easier to gain access to the minds of PIMCO, the world's largest fixed income manager. PIMCO Total Return Fund (ticker: PTTAX), the biggest bond fund in ... Read More

S&P Downgrades European Debt, Treasury Yields Plunge

Friday January 13, 2012
Yields on U.S. Treasuries plunged on Friday - as their prices rose - in response to news that the credit rating agency Standard & Poor's was downgrading its ratings on ... Read More

How Does the Strong Dollar Impact Bond Funds?

Thursday January 12, 2012
The U.S. dollar, which was under pressure through much of 2011, has staged a strong rebound in the past few months. Since its low of late August, the U.S. Dollar ... Read More

Best NY & CA Muni ETFs for 2012

Wednesday January 11, 2012
Despite dire predictions for massive defaults in the municipal bond market at the end of 2010, munis finished last year with outstanding gains. Municipals have the added benefit of being ... Read More

Best International Bond Funds for 2012

Tuesday January 10, 2012
The well-regarded investment research firm has released their picks for the top international bond funds of 2012. Their five picks, which include both developed and emerging markets funds, are: GMO International ... Read More

Is This a Treasury Bubble?

Monday January 9, 2012
The debate regarding the 2012 outlook for U.S. Treasuries rages on, pitting those who think government bonds are in a "bubble" that is destined to pop (think dot-com stock ... Read More

2011 Bond Market Returns

Sunday January 8, 2012
How did the bond market perform in 2011? The short answer: extremely well, almost anywhere you could have invested. The final return results for bonds are in, and the results ... Read More

Bill Gross's "Paranormal" 2012 Bond Market Outlook

Friday January 6, 2012
PIMCO chief Bill Gross - widely seen as one of the world's most astute fixed income investors - has offered his latest outlook for the financial markets. A word of ... Read More

U.S. Debt Rises Above 100% of GDP

Wednesday January 4, 2012
It's official: we're in trouble. But you couldn't tell it by watching the Treasury market. According to the TreasuryDirect website, the total U.S. debt reached $15,222,940,045,451.09 at year-end - exceeding ... Read More

Investing for Income

Monday January 2, 2012
Those who need to generate investment income are finding their options more limited now than in the past, because Treasury bonds, certificates of deposit, and bank accounts are all paying ... Read More

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