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    Real Insights

    How Will the Fixed Income Market Fare in 2019?

    The US fixed income market saw a strong close to 2018.

    By VanEck
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    Investment Opportunities in This Environment

    VanEck CEO, Jan Van Eck, joins me today to discuss his macroeconomic outlook and also to talk about investment opportunities that he finds most interesting in the current environment.

    By VanEck
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    Real Insights

    Aggregated Approach to Emerging Markets: Can It Ease Volatility?

    While local currency has better advantages to hard currency corporate and sovereign, a blended approach could provide optimal returns.

    By VanEck
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    Hard Currency Debt Allocation: Better Choice in Volatile Market?

    In the emerging market debt space, local currency debt has always been a favorite since it provides higher positive yields.

    By VanEck
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    A Look at Business Development Companies as an Asset Class

    A third consideration that combines the credit exposure with floating rate exposure is business development companies.

    By VanEck
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    Real Insights

    How Emerging Market Bonds’ Real Yield Helps Curb Inflation Risk

    Real yields are nominal yields adjusted for inflation, which is often one of the greatest contributors to the nominal yield levels of emerging markets local currency bonds.

    By VanEck
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    Why Should Investors Focus on Real Yield in Emerging Markets?

    Real yields in emerging markets (or EM) have remained at compelling levels over the past few years.

    By VanEck
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    Emerging Markets Offer Attractive Opportunities

    Over the past decade, EM (emerging market) debt has delivered stellar returns compared to other fixed income categories, except high yields.

    By VanEck
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    Analyzing Ray Dalio’s Top Buys in 3Q17

    Legendary investor Ray Dalio has an optimistic view on the US market (SPX-INDEX) as well as on emerging markets (EEM).

    By Sarah Sands
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    Real Insights

    The Role of Emerging Markets in Global Green Bond Issuance

    Over the last ten years, the green bonds (GRNB) universe has expanded and diversified, holding 600 bonds from 24 countries in 23 currencies.

    By VanEck
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    A Look at Bridgewater Associates’ Largest Holdings in 2Q17

    Ray Dalio’s Bridgewater Associates has made large investments in various ETFs in 2Q17.

    By Sarah Sands
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    EM Corporates Offer Huge Opportunities and Better Profile

    VanEck A Diverse and Growing Category The emerging markets high yield bond market has grown tremendously over the past 10 years, from $56 billion at the end of 2007 to $440 billion as of June 30, 2017.[2. Source: BofA Merrill Lynch.] In addition to growing in size, diversity within the category has also increased. Investors currently […]

    By VanEck
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    How to Benefit from Emerging Markets Corporate Debt

    VanEck Higher Yield and Lower Duration Compared to U.S. high yield bonds, emerging markets high yield bonds offered a 90 bps yield pickup as of June 30, 2017.[1.U.S. high yield bonds and emerging markets high yield bonds are represented by BofA Merrill Lynch US High Yield Index and BofA Merrill Lynch Diversified HY US Emerging […]

    By VanEck
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    Can Fallen Angel Bonds Continue to Perform amid Uncertainties?

    VanEck Fallen angel high yield bonds were up 4.8% year to date through April 30, outperforming the broader high yield bond market which rose 3.9%.[1.Source of all data unless otherwise noted: FactSet. Data as of March 31, 2017. Fallen angels are high yield corporate bonds that are originally issued with investment grade credit ratings, and […]

    By VanEck
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Venezuela’s Social Crisis Is Threatening Growth

    The social and economic crisis in Venezuela has resulted in food and medicine shortages, a crippled economy, record high inflation, and falling oil prices.

    By Mary Sadler
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Emerging Markets Reacted to the Fed’s Tightening Policy

    Emerging markets are becoming increasing important in the global economy, as they account for about 75% of global output and consumption.

    By Mary Sadler
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    How the Green Bond Market Is Diversifying

    Since the introduction of the first green bond in 2007, various emerging markets such as China and India are considering the green financing option.

    By VanEck
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    Real Insights

    The Economic Costs That Come with Climate Goals

    Climate-related policies and a transition to a low-carbon economy require capital, and most countries are already burdened with high debt.

    By Sushree Mohanty
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Would the Fed’s Interest Rate Hike Impact the Bond Market?

    The 30-year Treasury yield was close to its month high as of March 10, 2017, at 3.20% in anticipation of an interest rate hike by the Fed on March 15, 2017.

    By Mary Sadler
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Investment Rationale for Emerging Market Bonds in 2017

    Emerging markets have done well this year and should continue to attract investor interest around the globe. Latin America is leading year-to-date.

    By VanEck
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Using a Barbell Approach to Limit Portfolio Volatility

    The Barbell strategy involves putting half your portfolio in defensive, low-beta sectors or assets and the other half in aggressive, high-beta sectors or assets.

    By VanEck
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    The New Year May Bring Opportunities in Emerging Market Bonds

    Investors are stepping back into emerging market bonds after removing billions of dollars from emerging markets in 2016.

    By VanEck
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Structural Reforms Have Strengthened Emerging Markets

    According to a recent BofA Merrill Lynch Global Investment strategy report, emerging markets are expected to grow at a modest pace of 4.7% in 2017.

    By VanEck
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Fundamentals Boost the Case for Emerging Market Bonds

    Negative bond yields in Japan and low Fed funds rates in the United States and the Eurozone were one reason emerging market bonds performed well in 2016.

    By VanEck
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    A Case for Emerging Market Bonds

    Since the US presidential election, emerging markets have bounced back as though the election never happened.

    By VanEck
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Is Emerging Market Exposure Still a Smart Move?

    The demand for emerging market bonds improved when fear of rate hikes abated in 2016. Fundamentals are still favorable for emerging debt markets.

    By VanEck
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What Are the Prospects for Emerging Markets in 2017?

    A strengthening dollar impacts the emerging bond market’s performance. Uncertainty started revolving around the performance of emerging market debt.

    By VanEck
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Impact of Volatility in Emerging Market Currencies

    Donald Trump’s surprise presidential win and the rising dollar called for a sell-off in most emerging market currencies like Mexico and Turkey.

    By VanEck
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Did Emerging Market Debt Perform in 2016?

    In the emerging market bond space (PCY) (EMLC), high-yield bonds and local currency bonds outperformed hard currency sovereign bonds.

    By VanEck
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Was November Important for Global Financial Markets?

    Trump’s unexpected presidential victory caused short-term uncertainty about markets and policies. His win reinforced a reflationary theme in global markets.

    By VanEck
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Do Emerging Market Bond Credit Ratings Affect Returns?

    In recent years, emerging market (EMLC) (HYEM) ratings have improved considerably due to the strengthening macroeconomic framework as well as years of reforms.

    By VanEck
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Is Emerging Markets Debt Ripe with Yield Opportunities?

    Although the chances of a Federal Reserve rate hike for December looks positive, this doesn’t stop the emerging market (EEM) debt from outperforming other asset classes.

    By Terry Simpson
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Are Fundamentals Still Supportive of Emerging Markets?

    Regarding gross government debt, emerging markets have positioned themselves better compared to developed markets.

    By VanEck
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Emerging Market Local Currency Bonds Are Looking Attractive

    Emerging market economies have bounced back in 2016, delivering strong economic growth with improved fundamentals and better capital management.

    By VanEck
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Might Emerging Market Local Currency Debt Be a Good Idea?

    Investors with higher risk appetites may want to shift their focuses to emerging market bonds, as most developed market bonds are trading at negative yields.

    By VanEck
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    Are Yield Opportunities Flourishing in Emerging Market Bonds?

    Emerging market (or EM) bonds (PCY) offer diversified exposure with higher yields compared to their developed market equivalents (IHY).

    By VanEck
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    Financials

    A Trump Presidency: What Are the Odds?

    With Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump in the polls before Tuesday’s US presidential election, the projected results are still uncertain. However, a Trump victory may not be good news for those invested in emerging markets.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Financials

    Ray Dalio: Gold and Riskier Assets Could Become Attractive

    Non-financial storeholds of wealth could gain popularity Based on his view expected return relative to risk is going to be bad in the foreseeable future, Ray Dalio has identified two investment avenues that he believes could become more attractive. Dalio suggests that we may see non-financial storeholds of wealth gain popularity. More money may flow […]

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Looking to Local-Currency Emerging Market Bonds for Opportunities

    In today’s context, emerging market bonds (IGEM) look like good opportunities for investors.

    By VanEck
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Oil Has Been Weighing Down Saudi Arabia

    Oil is critical to Saudi Arabia. The country is the largest exporter of petroleum, with 18% of the world’s proven petroleum reserves.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Saudi Arabia Enters International Bond Market, Raises $17.5 Billion

    On October 20, the government of Saudi Arabia raised about $17.5 billion in an international bond issuance, marking the emerging market’s first foray into the international bond market.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Financials

    Russia Retaliates against the US for Imposing Sanctions

    The Russian government expressed its willingness to get back at the US. The economy’s growth has been impacted by trade and economic sanctions.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Where to Spot the Right Investment Opportunities

    On top of the world So which sovereign bonds do we prefer from an investment point of view? We like US Treasuries as a hedge against “risk-off” episodes, though yields are historically low and our overall view on the asset class is neutral. We also hold a neutral view of European sovereigns but prefer selected […]

    By Richard Turnill
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    Financials

    Jeffrey Gundlach: Where’s the Bond Market Heading?

    Gundlach observes that the two-year Treasury yield has bottomed out, while the five-year Treasury is also almost double its mid-2012 lows.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Miscellaneous

    The Rally in Emerging Market Debt

    Emerging markets’ nonfinancial corporate debt breached the $26 trillion mark in the first half of 2016.

    By Matt Tucker, CFA
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    Miscellaneous

    Which EM Debt ETF Gives You Exposure to Investment-Grade Bonds?

    IGEM gives you good exposure to investment-grade emerging market bonds. They’re less risky and add diversification benefits to your portfolio.

    By VanEck
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Emerging Market Bonds Outperformed in 2016

    Emerging market economies have seen improved GDP growth in 2016, while developed markets are struggling to grow.

    By VanEck
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Is Emerging Market Debt Immune to Rate Hikes?

    The Federal Reserve kept its key interest rate unchanged in its policy meeting this week while signaling a possible rate hike in December.

    By VanEck
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Emerging Market Debt Outperforms Other Risk Assets

    While around 30% of developed market bonds (IHY) are trading at negative yields, emerging market debts (HYEM) are offering attractive returns.

    By VanEck
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Headwinds Are Affecting Many Emerging Markets

    Strong investor interest in emerging market debt (EMLC) (HYEM) has continued despite adverse political and economic issues in some countries.

    By VanEck
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Fed’s Rate Hike Decision to Drive the Markets

    In the wake of disappointing economic indicators over the past month, the Federal Reserve kept the interest rate unchanged in its policy meeting this week.

    By VanEck
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Limited Options for Yield-Starved Investors

    What does all this tell us? First off, there just aren’t as many opportunities for U.S. investors in international developed bond markets.

    By Matt Tucker, CFA
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Diminishing Opportunities in Asia: What You Need to Know

    The balance of countries in Asia present more interesting opportunities. To better focus our discussion, I’ll concentrate on investment grade markets.

    By Matt Tucker, CFA
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Regulatory Hurdles Affecting Chinese and Indian Bond Markets

    As the intensifying search for yield goes international, Matt examines and shares his thoughts on the different Asian bond markets.

    By Matt Tucker, CFA
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Emerging Market Debt Still Looks Attractive

    Investors have tended to pull money from U.S. equity funds in the month before election day in the past four presidential elections, EPFR Global data show.

    By Richard Turnill
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Emerging Market Bond ETFs Have Seen Record-Breaking Flows in 2016

    Looking closely at mutual fund and ETF flow data can provide some insight into how investors have approached the asset class this year.

    By VanEck
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    A Look at Popular Post-Brexit Investments

    The uncertain global environment created after the Brexit vote made investors hope for a perpetual low rate environment. The prospect of further easing from central banks in the developed markets has spurred strong demand for government debt.

    By Richard Turnill
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    Financials

    Is Argentina Back in the Game, or Are Dark Clouds Here to Stay?

    For more than a decade, the outgoing party’s continual resistance to honoring debt led to Argentina’s exclusion from international financial markets.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Lower Rates, Dollar, Commodities Aid Emerging Markets’ Recovery

    It’s been a good year for emerging markets so far. Performance and growth have been aided by the stability of the US dollar, the commodity price recovery, and lower rates in developed markets.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Quality May Provide Attractive Risk-Adjusted Returns

    It’s useful to analyze the historical returns of credit rating categories within emerging markets bonds.

    By VanEck
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Emerging Market Bonds: Higher Yields Could Reflect Higher Risks

    Emerging market bonds have been doing extremely well over the past couple of months. EM debt funds have been in the green for seven consecutive weeks.

    By VanEck
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Does Emerging Market Debt Still Look Attractive?

    Emerging market debt (EMB) offers plenty of opportunities to investors. Markets are expected to continue their outperformance for the next few quarters.

    By Richard Turnill
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Are the Threats for Emerging Markets?

    The major threat to emerging markets is tightening in the US. While the Fed will likely leave rates unchanged in September, a hike is possible in December.

    By Richard Turnill
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Risk-Reward Ratio Is in Favor of Emerging Market Debt

    Emerging market debt (EMB) has attracted investor’s attention as a higher-yielding alternative in a world where yields are quickly falling below zero.

    By Richard Turnill
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Does Fixed Income Look Promising?

    Under the current uncertain economic circumstances, investors searching for higher yield might turn to fixed income.

    By Richard Turnill
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Emerging Market Bonds Have Outperformed this Year

    Emerging market bonds have outperformed year-to-date. Let’s take a closer look.

    By VanEck
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Intense Search for Yield Leads to Emerging Market Debt

    Under the current uncertain economic circumstances, investors flocked to emerging market debts in search of higher yields.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Central and Eastern Europe Have the Brexit Blues

    In the long term, Eastern Europe is largely affected by the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union because of its strong trade links.

    By VanEck
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    The Sweet Spot of Emerging Market Debt

    While global growth statistics remain within muted expectations, EM debt and equity could remain the beneficiaries of additional capital flows for some time.

    By VanEck
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Negative Rates Intensify the Hunt for Yield

    By early July, some $11.5 trillion in bonds were trading at negative rates, with 58% of the Barclays US Aggregate Bond Index1 trading below 1%.

    By VanEck
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Time to Look at Emerging Market Debt

    Global emerging markets (“EM”) debt, both hard and local currency, rebounded strongly in June after a significant retracement in May.

    By VanEck
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    Miscellaneous

    The Dollar Index and Economic Uncertainty: Is There Correlation?

    The rally in the US Dollar Index can be correlated to two important events: the dot-com bubble crisis in 1999 and the Argentine debt crisis in 2001.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Miscellaneous

    Why Commodity Trading Advisors Fare Well When Nothing Else Works

    CTAs (commodity trading advisors) offer diversification benefits (commodity exposure when the equity markets are down), along with liquidity.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The Challenges of Managing a Fixed-Income Portfolio in 2016

    Gross says it’s important for investors to “take care of their liquidity.” They should have their exit options open in their fixed-income portfolio.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Will Drive Growth in Latin America?

    Emerging markets, notably economies in Latin America, have a younger population than the developed world.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Unconstrained Bond Funds Could Be Useful Now

    Unconstrained bond funds use leverage and derivatives in their portfolios, which magnifies their risk. They have exposure to both credit and interest-rate risk.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Your Portfolio Needs More Than Just Equities

    You know your portfolio needs more than just equities. So what can complement equities in your portfolio? How many high-yield bonds you own depends on your risk appetite.

    By Matt Tucker, CFA
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Low Interest Rates Have Affected Asset Prices And Yields

    Low interest rates have supported the economy, but another side effect of low interest rates is that it discourages household savings.

    By Matt Tucker, CFA
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    When The Net Asset Value Of A Bond ETF Differs From Market Price

    The Intraday Indicative Value gives us a more real-time value than the bond ETF’s NAV. It’s considered an implied value of an ETF.

    By Matt Tucker, CFA
  • Miscellaneous

    Investing in emerging market bonds: Proceed with caution

    Emerging market debt is still a volatile asset class when compared to more traditional fixed income investments. As such, allocations to this asset class will largely be a function of an investor’s individual risk appetite.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
  • Macroeconomic Analysis

    Emerging versus developed market bonds: Which should you choose?

    Let’s compare yields for emerging versus developed market bonds, using ten-year US Treasuries (IEF), BofA Merrill Lynch AAA-A Emerging Markets Corporate bonds, and the BofA Merrill Lynch B and Lower Emerging Markets Corporate bonds.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
  • Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why emerging market bonds have seen inflows in 2014

    Emerging market bonds have been one beneficiary of today’s low yield environment. Is it too late to allocate to this asset class?

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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    New bond supply spikes on Chinese financials and Walgreens issues

    In a rare week, emerging market (EMB) (VWO) borrowers were the most prolific in U.S. investment-grade bond markets.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Should you invest in emerging market bonds?

    Another sector to rotate into might be even higher risk asset classes that would also benefit from spread tightening, such as emerging market debt, for example the iShares Emerging Markets Bond ETF (EMB).

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
  • Financials

    Recommendation: Look to select areas of emerging market debt

    Select areas of the EM debt sector hold good potential, as many of these countries exhibit low leverage levels and are currently funded through year-end.

    By Rick Rieder
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    Financials

    Why ETFs are the best vehicle for your beta exposure

    We believe the best vehicle for your beta exposure — the most efficient, tradable and affordable vehicle — is an exchange-traded fund.

    By BlackRock
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    Why last week’s sharp dip in yields came as a surprise

    And though the 10-year yield recovered somewhat Thursday as Treasury prices dropped, Wednesday’s dip below 2% came as a surprise.

    By Rick Rieder
  • Financials

    Recommendation: Go beyond traditional stocks and bonds

    Finally, it’s worth considering incorporating non-traditional, or alternative, strategies into your investing arsenal. With such investments, you can potentially enhance diversification and amplify your portfolio’s growth potential.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
  • Financials

    Reasons you should stay flexible in your bond portfolio

    Forecasting is always a tricky business, but we do believe there are some important factors that will shape the future direction of the bond market and that will have an impact on the way investors should approach fixed income.

    By Rick Rieder
  • Financials

    Must-read: Use emerging market bonds for higher yield potential

    For those who want a little more adventure on their menu, there’s always the option of adding some unique flavors like spicy kebabs. This is the equivalent of adding some emerging markets fixed income to your bond portfolio.

    By Matt Tucker, CFA
  • Financials

    Why emerging market sovereign debt outperformed US Treasuries

    Sovereign borrowers in emerging markets are typically lower-rated compared to U.S. Treasuries. As a result, they provide higher yields. U.S. Treasuries (TLT) are considered to be some of the safest assets in the world.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    The unique risks of BRICS and developed market investments

    Most bond investments are subject to credit risk and interest rate risk. Credit risk is the risk of the borrower defaulting on the amount borrowed. Interest rate risk implies changes in the value of bond prices due to changes in interest rates. Bond prices move opposite to interest rates.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Why frontier and emerging markets are separate asset classes

    With all the turmoil in emerging markets recently, some investors may be especially wary of investing in so-called frontier markets. Russ explains why frontier and emerging markets are separate asset classes, each deserving of a strategic allocation.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
  • Financials

    Emerging market bonds: The pros and cons of investing

    EM spreads have tightened some as well, but not nearly as much. As a result, the yields on EM debt appear to be unusually wide given the credit quality of the issuers.

    By Matt Tucker, CFA
  • Financials

    The must-know risk-return trade-off in fixed income investing

    As we know from the risk-return trade-off, the higher the level of credit risk an issue has the higher the yield will likely be. Credit risk is often measured with a metric called Option Adjusted Spread or OAS.

    By Matt Tucker, CFA
  • Financials

    The must-know basics of fixed income investing

    A lot of investors evaluate fixed income sectors by looking at the level of yield they might receive for a given level of risk. We continue to explore how investors consider interest rate risk and portfolio positioning in the current environment.

    By Matt Tucker, CFA
  • Financials

    Must-know: Investor outlook—emerging market equities

    With China (FXI) announcing a gross domestic product (or GDP) growth rate of 7.5% for the second quarter and Turkey’s central bank governor suggesting additional interest-rate cuts, emerging markets seem all set to rise.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
  • Financials

    Three reasons why frontier stocks are now a strategic asset class

    Many investors are approaching frontier stocks too narrowly, viewing them as a subset of their emerging markets’ (EMB) allocation and selling off part of their emerging market equities’ exposure to gain access to the frontier.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
  • Financials

    Fisher on why the Fed must avoid appearing “politically pliant”

    The Fed and the Federal Open Market Committee (or FOMC) must avoid actions that appear politically motivated.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Consumer

    Why market reactions to the China-Vietnam tensions are mixed

    Though the recent tensions in the South China Sea seem to have gathered much attention, the markets don’t seem to have factored in the conflict.

    By Surbhi Jain
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