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Corp factory in Macon, Georgia, when the word came down one September 2011 morning: The company, a maker of plastic and metal containers, was closing the plant. Walker, a quality manager, and about 70 other employees were out of work. After an eight-
Crowded junk corporate bond markets may be most vulnerable to what could be the main outlying risk of 2014: a Federal Reserve that is slow to withdraw monetary stimulus and forced to play catch-up. Juicy yields and low default rates have lured return-
For most people with savings in the Co-op, the last thing they expect to learn is that a major shareholder of the bank holding their account is also derailing the debt forgiveness programme of poverty-stricken Argentina. Or that two of its other
That's because 95% of the holdings are more than 25 years in duration, and the longer the duration the more susceptible bonds are to interest rate increases. Consider short-term bond funds If you don't like the idea of buying individual bonds but don'
After ditching junk bonds at a record pace in June on the news that the Federal Reserve might slow its asset purchasing program soon, investors are buying them back up at a record pace . Junk bonds netted a record $5.4 billion of deposits last week
With the Federal Reserve on a multi-year mission to keep interest rates as low as possible, investors seeking yield moved out on the risk spectrum from investment grade bonds to things like high-yield (or junk) bonds. This shift made junk bonds
Quarter-end mutual fund reports will be arriving full of grim news for jittery investors who have seen the bond markets routed of late on fears the Fed is preparing to pull the plug on the asset purchases that have kept bonds on a roll for months...
June has been a brutal month for bonds but particularly in the high-yield space, where issuance has cooled after a record run. Junk bond volume has slowed to $7.1 billion this month, the slowest pace since December 2011 and about one-fifth the
For now, let's sidestep the debate about whether a million dollars is a lot of money or not and focus on a question we'll all face at some point, if we're lucky: how to live off a sum of money...Let's say you inherit a million dollars from your rich
Since Ben Bernanke unleashed a bombshell on May 22 by suggesting the U.S. Federal Reserve could before long start to pull back on its massive monetary stimulus, big stock and bond markets have been feeling the pain. Rather than run for cover, a