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The interest rate markets have traded more or less sideways for the last year. The markets show true indecision with regards to the medium and long-term interest rate outlook. We’ve seen this in lower overall open interest levels, smaller commercial trader positions and a long bond futures market that seems…
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The European Central Bank (ECB) was widely expected to cut their lending rates at the June 5th meeting. There are a couple of really interesting precedents setting up. First of all, the ECB was expected to not only cut their discount rate but also the deposit rates paid to banks who…
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Each week, we tap the insight of Sam Stovall, Managing Director of US Equity Strategy for S&P Capital IQ, for his perspective on the current market. For more from S&P Capital IQ, be sure to visit www.getmarketscope.com. EQ: Markets usually like to rise into the holidays, and heading into Memorial Day weekend, the…
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Riddle me this: Why would anyone ever buy junk bonds or a junk bond fund? Before we get to the answer, I would like to point something out that seems to be a given, but that astonishingly few investors think about: bonds are debt instruments, so investing in bonds means…
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The Long Bond has been in a holding pattern since falling early last summer when the Fed announced it would begin reducing the stimulus it has been applying to our economy thus, lifting the artificial cap on low rates. This has led to a period of sideways market movement that…
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Optimal diversification: We all want it. Diversification is, after all, the holy grail of portfolio management. Our senior research analyst Andrey Dashkov has said that many times before, and he echoes that refrain in his editorial guest spot below. A brief note before I hand over the reins to Andrey.…
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While stocks are still enjoying one of the best bull markets in history since bouncing off the 2009 low, the fixed-income space is in a considerably less encouraging position. The bond market itself is coming off its own bull market, which spanned about three decades. For investors operating in a…
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It's time to answer the "who, what, when, where, and why" of investing in master limited partnerships (MLPs)… Andrey Dashkov, senior research analyst at Miller’s Money Forever, is the rare person who, when you asked for a hammer comes back with a hammer, nails, staples, and glue. In short, he…
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Building your nest egg and managing it successfully takes more work than it did six years ago, but it isn’t a Sisyphean task. You can build a portfolio that will last the rest of your life. Waiting for the political class to come to its senses is futile. In 2008, Bloomberg reported: “The S&P…
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If you remember bond drives in school, please raise your hand. There are still a lot of us out there. I recall my teacher holding up a US Savings Bond, encouraging us to tell our parents to buy them. She went to great lengths emphasizing that they were the "the…
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Devin Thorpe of CrowdCast speaks to Sam Hodges, CEO of Funding Circle. Hodges was the founder of Endurance Lending and Managing Director of Funding Circle. In this interview, Hodges discusses the merger of Endurance and Funding Circle, as well as the key differences between the U.S. and U.K. debt markets…
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One of the most universal consensus calls in the markets today is that interest rates are destined to rise. Thirteen out of 13 major investment banks all think that interest rates for global fixed-income will rise this year. I get nervous when everybody is on the same side of the…
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