Analyzing General Electric's 4Q17 Dividend

On December 9, 2017, General Electric, an industrial conglomerate, declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.12 per share on its outstanding common stock.

Pre-Market Report: Global Markets Are Mixed on December 13

On December 13, the Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.68% and closed the day at 3,303.04. The SPDR S&P China (GXC) fell 1.3% on December 12.

SCANA’s Nuclear Mess Continues to Push the Stock Down

The stock for SCANA (SCG), which is based in Cayce, South Carolina, is continuing to fall over its nuclear power plant issues. The stock fell more than 6% on December 11, 2017.

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How US Tax Reforms Could Impact the Healthcare Industry

The tax reform bills passed by the US House and Senate reduce the corporate tax rate from 35.0% to 20.0%. According to Credit Suisse, healthcare companies pay corporate taxes as high as 30.2%.


What Do Fallen Angel High Yield Bonds Offer Investors?

High-yield bond funds regained some lost favor this year. Fallen angel bonds could be an extremely attractive value proposition for investors.

Muni Bonds: Compelling Reasons to Invest

TOM BUTCHER: What are the advantages of investing in municipal bonds in the current environment? JIM COLBY: There’s a great deal of uncertainty and volatility in the overall marketplace right…

It Might Be Time to Favor TIPS

Disappointing economic growth may have led to complacent inflation expectations.

The Case for Preferred Stocks in This Low Yield Environment

While high yield bonds could be an avenue for higher yields, they seem risky given the slowing global economy and low oil prices. In such a scenario, preferred stocks could offer some value.

Junk Bond Issuance Fell, Leveraged Loan Issuance Rose in October

The S&P 500 index, tracked by the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) and the iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (IVV), rose 8.3% in October.

How to Balance Your Approach to Bonds

The ten-year Treasury (IEF) is currently yielding 2.0%, which is much lower than its long-term average of ~4.5%.

High-Yield Bond Issuance Picks Up in September, Plummets for 3Q15

Equities in the United States rose for most of the week ended October 2 ahead of the non-farm payrolls report for September. They rose in hopes that moderately strong job additions would continue.

Altice, Cablevision Led Junk Bond Issuance in Week Ended September 25

All three US equity indices that we review in this weekly series fell in the week ended September 25—the second successive week in which they recorded a fall.

Ideas for Your Bond Portfolio When Rates Rise

The exact timing of a rate hike isn’t as important as making sure your portfolio is prepared for an impending rate regime change where rates are expected to rise gradually and remain low for long.

No High-Yield Bond Issuance for Second Successive Week

US stocks didn’t have a great start last week. Reports emanating from China drove US markets down sharply, but they rebounded the next day when Microsoft (MSFT) helped them bounce back.

Why Did High Yield Bond Issuance Decrease?

All three US equity indices that we review in this weekly series rebounded in the week ended August 28, 2015, after a disastrous previous week.

High-Yield Bond and Leveraged Loan Issuance Falls

Commodities prices, especially for copper, fell in the week ended August 21. The broad equity market also became wary of slumping commodities prices and took a tumble.

Fixed Income Market in the Last Year: Is Opportunity Ahead?

For corporates issuing high-grade bonds, the yield curve getting flatter can lead to issuance of longer-duration bonds.

High Yield Bond Issuance Rose Again in Week Ended August 14

The value of the Chinese yuan was reduced against the US dollar three time last week—on three successive days—by China’s central bank, the People’s Bank of China.

How to Navigate Today’s Bond Markets

Global bond yields are very low, currently. The ten-year Treasury (IEF) is currently yielding 2.2%, which is much lower than its long-term average of ~4.5%.

Junk Bond Issuance Market Sees Heightened Activity

All of the three US equity indices that we review in this weekly series fell in the week to August 7, 2015. The S&P 500 Index fell 1.20%.

Leveraged Loans Issuance Surged the Week Ending July 31

The US economy grew by 2.3% in 2Q15, according to a Bureau of Economic Analysis advance estimate. Although the rate was lower than expected by some forecasters, it still showed strong economic growth.

Junk Bond Issuance Still Quiet in the Week Ended July 24

Not all corporate results disappointed last week. Amazon’s (AMZN) stock surged after it posted a surprise profit in 2Q15.

US Companies Dominate High-Grade Bond Issuance Last Week

A fall in the price of commodities lowered the outlook on inflation in the United States. This fueled gains for investment-grade bonds in the week ended July 24.

Good Reasons You May Want to Be in—and Stay in—Bonds

The ten-year German and French government bonds are trading at below 1%, while the ten-year gilt is yielding 2%. The ten-year US Treasury is currently trading at 2.3%.


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