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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Real US Rates Have Been Climbing

    Real US rates have been climbing, while rates are falling in much of the rest of the world. As Russ explains, this divergence has a number of implications for investors.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
  • Financials

    Macro investment recovers: Time to short the long end of the curve?

    This article considers the possibility of rising rates and the case for taking a bearish view on bond prices.

    By Marc Wiersum, MBA
  • Technology & Communications

    Exposure to junk bonds: How much should you hedge?

    Junk bonds are high yield bonds issued by below–investment grade corporations. Due to the low ratings and high risk of default attached to these bonds, they’re popularly called “junk bonds.”

    By Surbhi Jain
  • Financials

    Bear strategy: Profit from rising rates with fixed income ETFs

    Investors could consider hedging their short-term duration risk (HYG: 3.98 years, JNK: 4.20 years) with a short position in longer-dated bonds.

    By Marc Wiersum, MBA
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    Financials

    Why does Sandra Pianalto think the economic progress to be slow?

    Although GDP grew at a little under 3.5% in the second half of 2013, up from an average rate of 2% in the past three years, inflation remains at ~1% level, well below the Fed’s long-term target of 2%.

    By Sandra Nathanson
  • Technology & Communications

    Hedging: You can profit from rising rates with fixed income ETFs

    Should interest rates rise equally in the five-year part of the yield curve as the 20-year part of the yield curve, HYG and JNK would likely decline roughly 3.98% and 4.20% in value.

    By Marc Wiersum, MBA
  • Financials

    How can retail investors invest in floating rate notes, or FRNs?

    The Treasury’s newest issuance of floating rate notes, or FRNs, on January 29, commanded immense investor interest. The $15 billion issue received bids for 5.67 times the issue amount.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Why investors can benefit from floating rate notes, or FRNs

    FRNs represent an effective way for investors to benefit from the anticipated rising interest rate environment and also provide a safer place to park cash.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Why do floating rate notes, or FRNs, differ from regular bonds?

    The U.S. Treasury Department’s latest issue on January 29, the floating rate note (or FRN) will fulfill two investor needs: participating in anticipated future interest rates increases and protecting principal against default.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Why investors should look at floating rate notes as an option

    On January 29, 2014, the U.S. Treasury Department issued a new class of security: the floating rate note (or FRN). This is the first new security introduced by the Treasury since 1997.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Is qualitative forward guidance better than no guidance at all?

    At the recently concluded Federal Open Market Committee (or FOMC) meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve, the Fed said it would remove the quantitative thresholds from its policy statement.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    A guide to purchasing managers’ indexes for ETF investors

    As we’ve seen in this series, there are three major Purchasing Managers Index (or PMI) reports issued in the U.S.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Consumer

    Will falling credit card debt affect stocks like Walgreens?

    Consumer credit figures for February will be released by the U.S. Federal Reserve on Monday, April 7. It’s a monthly release, and the headline number for the report is total consumer debt.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Why was indirect bidder demand for 30-year bonds higher?

    The 30-year bond is the longest maturity Treasury security.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Fixed income ETFs: The longer the duration, the higher the loss

    The higher the expense ratio, the deeper the decline in an investment’s value. Also, the higher the period of investment, the greater the impact of expense ratios due to the compounding effect.

    By Alex Chamberlin
  • Financials

    Why do floating rate notes, or FRNs, differ from leveraged loans?

    FRNs are usually issued in capital markets, whereas leveraged loans are arranged by commercial and investment banks. While FRNs are typically unsecured and investment-grade, leveraged loans are secured.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Assessing demand fundamentals for the latest T-bond auctions

    The 30-year T-Bond auction was a reopening of May’s 30-year bond issue. The underlying 30-year T-Bond was auctioned on May 8 at a coupon of 3.375% to mature on May 15, 2044.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Industrials

    Why do key purchasing managers’ index readings move markets?

    In this series, we’ll focus on the manufacturing PMI issued by three major institutions, measuring manufacturing activity in the U.S.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Interest Rate Spreads Are Decreasing Again

    In April, the yield spread has declined to the lowest level since the Great Recession and could decline further if inflation doesn’t accelerate.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Analyzing the Yield Curve’s Ongoing Flatness

    A December rate hike and a flattening yield curve The Fed rolled out another rate hike at its final meeting of 2017. The target range for the federal funds rate was increased by 0.25% to 1.25%–1.50%, and the Fed has signaled three more rate hikes in 2018. Two members dissented to the rate hike due to lower […]

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Decreasing Credit Spreads Are a Cause for Concern

    The November Conference Board report, which takes October data into account, reported the credit spread at ~1.2—an improvement from the September reading of ~1.1.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Are Declining Yield Spread Worries Done for Now?

    At the last FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) meeting on September 20, 2017, Fed members decided to initiate a balance sheet normalization process starting in October.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Credit Spreads May React to the Fed’s September Statement

    Another rate hike in 2017 The FOMC’s (Federal Open Market Committee) meeting on September 20 changed the outlook for bond markets (BND). It suggested that the Fed could be looking at another rate hike by the end of this year, along with a balance sheet unwinding program. Gains in August inflation (TIP) boosted Fed members’ […]

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Interest Rate Spreads Are Growing

    Reduced odds for another rate hike in 2017 Fears of flattening yield curves and rising interest rates have completely vanished in recent weeks. The FOMC’s (Federal Open Market Committee) July meeting statement confirmed the concerns about lagging inflation (TIP), making another rate hike in 2017 less likely. Focus has turned to the Fed’s balance sheet reduction […]

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Should You Short European Bonds due to Taper Talks?

    Like their equity peers, bonds can be short-sold as well. You can do it by either shorting an ETF or investing in an inverse ETF.

    By David Ashworth
  • Technology & Communications

    Yellen’s speech eases investor concerns about an interest rate rise

    Investors relieved Monday, March 31 saw an important development relating to the jury selection of the Apple–Samsung patent law suit. It was also the day that the current Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen spoke at a community reinvestment conference in Chicago. The markets had been eagerly waiting for Yellen to explain her recent comment that […]

    By Surbhi Jain
  • Consumer

    Why Richard Fisher calls for a 3rd Fed policy akin to Abenomics

    In his speech to the London School of Economics, Dallas Fed President outlined how “fiscal drag” is holding back GDP growth.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Why the Fed’s dual mandate is attainable with a balanced approach

    The Fed’s dual mandate is balancing inflation with unemployment—that is, achieving both maximum employment and price stability.

    By Surbhi Jain
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