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After 30 years of declining interest rates, bond investors are beginning to worry that rates will go higher—especially after the events of May 2013. Back then, 10-year yields went from 2% to 3% on a frozen rope. Things got very dicey in fixed income. Some holders of corporate bonds (like…
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What do Siegfried and Roy have in common with Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen? Shortly after the Bureau of Labor Statistics released unemployment data last month showing that joblessness had dropped below 6% for the first time since the 2008 crash, the Federal Reserve announced it would stop government bond…
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War, severe weather and record natural gas production are buffeting energy stock prices. Where can investors turn for safety? In this interview with The Energy Report, Credit Suisse's John Edwards suggests that midstream master limited partnerships, while they have been volatile of late, are fundamentally stable business models, and have…
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As Robert W. Baird & Co.'s Ethan Bellamy explains, master limited partnerships are yield-producing investments that can bring remarkable returns to smart investors and provide short-term buy-sell profits. In this interview with The Energy Report, Bellamy discusses a fistful of partnerships worth an investor's dollars. The Energy Report: Ethan, your…
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After the last meeting of the Federal Reserve, Chair Janet Yellen announced that the committee voted to lower its bond buying from $25 billion to $15 billion per month, and then cease bond buying altogether after October. Depending on how you look at it, this brings an end to a…
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When I need to clear my mind, I put on my beat-up Saucony sneakers and drive to nearby Deer Lake Park in Burnaby, British Columbia. After a couple of miles, though, as my body gets into a rhythm, my mind wanders back to the thought that occupy it for hours…
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With gas prices stuck at historic lows for the foreseeable future, bored investors can look toward master limited partnerships to increase profit yields on energy portfolios. Elliott Gue, energy investment strategist of Capitalist Times, spends his day finding great energy deals in the margins and curves. In this interview with…
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Money can’t be this cheap forever. In other words, one of the most likely scenarios the US economy faces is rising interest rates. The current low-interest-rate climate is simply unsustainable. At some point—as it always does—the trend will turn around. We want to be prepared for that turn, and the…
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Low all-in gold cash costs are a good thing, says London-based GMP Securities Analyst Filipe Martins, but they don't tell the whole story. In this interview with The Mining Report, Martins argues that the best companies are those with strong free cash flow yields and a view to return cash…
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It might as well be July in San Francisco. There’s fog about why any investor would want to hold convertible bonds in her portfolio, and I’m here to clear that fog away. Their yields aren’t high, their credit ratings often look shaky, and the bonds themselves are quite hard to…
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Interest rates in the U.S. have been near-zero since the financial crisis of 2009. Treasury yields are also hovering around 2.4%. Earlier this week, the benchmark 10-year yield fell to 2.36%. Yields on 30-year bonds, meanwhile, dropped to the lowest level in 15 months. In addition, interest rates are not…
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Interest rate levels have been confounding many professional investors around the globe. U.S. government benchmark 10-year interest rates began 2014 near 3.00 percent, but they have been sliding back to about 2.40 percent recently. The rally in bond markets and corresponding declines in yields are even more pronounced in Europe,…
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