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What the “Shutdown” by Europe's Government Means for Stocks
by Jeffrey Kleintop
October 30, 2014

While the European Central Bank is prevented from enacting more aggressive stimulus, the European stock market may underperform.

How Are High-Yield Bonds Hurt by Falling Oil Prices?
by Collin Martin
October 24, 2014

Energy companies are now the second-largest issuers of high-yield bonds.  As a result, oil prices can have a significant effect on the high-yield bond market.

Will Global Risks Force the Fed to Change Course?
by Kathy A Jones
October 16, 2014

The Federal Reserve's interest rate projections are much higher than the market's. Will changes in the global economy prompt a change from the Fed?

How Earnings Season Is Like Homecoming for Investors
by Jeffrey Kleintop
October 15, 2014

Earnings season is a time for investors to focus on the traditional measure of value: earnings.

Convertible Bonds Delivering Stock-Like Returns
by Collin Martin
October 02, 2014

Convertible bonds have posted attractive returns, but we think bond investors should view them more like stocks.

Retirement Income Planning: What's Your Risk Capacity?
by Rob Williams
September 30, 2014

You've probably heard about risk tolerance, but when it comes to retirement income planning, a more important thing to understand is your risk capacity.

Not Always Tax Free: 7 Tax Traps of Municipal Bond Investing
by Cooper J Howard and Rob Williams
September 24, 2014

If you're interested in tax-free municipal bonds, you might want to keep an eye out for these seven tax traps.

What Does a Strong Dollar Mean for Your Bond Portfolio?
by Kathy A Jones
September 19, 2014

The U.S. dollar has been climbing for several months. Find out what a strong dollar means for the bonds in your portfolio.

2 Reasons To Consider Premium Bonds
by Collin Martin
September 04, 2014

With premium bonds, you pay more for the securities than their par value. We explain why it might make sense to do this.

Investment-Grade Corporate Bonds Delivering Strong Returns
by Collin Martin
August 29, 2014

As Treasury yields have fallen this year, returns on investment-grade corporate bonds have climbed. Should you still consider investment-grade bonds?

How Will California Water Shortage Affect Water Utilities' Municipal Bonds?
by Cooper J Howard and Rob Williams
August 27, 2014

California's water shortage has prompted usage restrictions, potentially hurting revenue at water utilities. What will happen to their bonds?

Labor Market Debate Central to Next Federal Reserve Policy Move
by Kathy A Jones
August 20, 2014

When will the Fed raise interest rates? Many observers are focused on the labor market as they try to answer that question.

Bond FAQs: Fed Interest Rate Timeline, Yield Curve, Floaters, Income-Oriented Investments
by Kathy A Jones, Cooper J Howard, Rob Williams and Collin Martin
August 07, 2014

We discuss the potential impact of improving economic news on the Fed's interest rate timeline, expected changes in the yield curve, the outlook for floaters, and risks to income-oriented investments.

California Municipal Bond Returns Rise as Economy Rebounds
by Cooper J Howard and Rob Williams
August 04, 2014

As the California economy recovers, the state's municipal bond returns have outpaced the broader market. Find out where the opportunities are.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: Reform of Housing Giants Remains in Limbo
by Michael T Townsend
July 01, 2014

With efforts to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac stalled this year, it will likely be 2015 before we see another attempt at reform. 

Preferred Securities: Are They a Smart Investment Now?
by Collin Martin
May 21, 2014

Preferred securities have delivered double-digit returns this year, but we think the bull run may not last.

Bonds: What You Need to Know About Yields
by Collin Martin
April 10, 2014

It's not hard to understand yield to maturity and the other types of bond yields. Here's what you need to know.


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