Bonds

The weekly average yield to maturity of The Bond Buyer Municipal Bond Index, which is based on 40 long-term bond prices, fell to 3.74% from 3.75% the week before. The Bond Buyer’s 20-bond GO Index of 20-year general obligation yields fell five basis points to 3.51% from 3.56% the week before. It is at its
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Most of the week’s largest deals came into a stronger market on Wednesday, as the U.S. municipal fixed income market was hitting on all cylinders. Modest domestic economic growth, reasonable inflation, lackluster new-issue supply and sound fundamentals continue to drive investors into the tax-exempt bond market, according to Rob Amodeo, portfolio manager, at Western Asset.
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Hilltop Securities, one of the nation’s top financial advisory and investment banking firms, has brought four managing directors on board in Houston and Connecticut through the purchase of two small firms. Yava Scott and Carmen Best, co-founders of YaCari Consultants, joined Hilltop’s Houston office. David Medanich, head of public finance for Hilltop Securities, said the
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David Einhorn, president of Greenlight Capital Inc., speaks. Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg Famed hedge fund investor David Einhorn is having a brutal year. He’s down over 18% in 2018, posting one of the worst performances in the entire hedge fund industry. Surprisingly, it could have been worse for Einhorn. Despite his losses, Einhorn actually dodged a big bullet in
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These 31 funds are the cheapest for short-term stakes in short-term bonds. Shutterstock Do you have idle cash in your brokerage account? Chances are it’s not earning much. Consider switching to a brief investment in an exchange-traded fund that owns short-term bonds. The scorecard below shows the cheapest ETFs for a position held for three months.
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Lawmakers advanced a bill designed to make the New York State Department of Transportation more accountable for its capital planning. The state Assembly approved legislation Tuesday that would require the state DOT to create a 20 year transportation plan with updates every five years, in line with what is required by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
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Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin These 23 funds are the cheapest of their type for in-and-out trades. Shutterstock What does it cost to own the whole bond market for a brief period? This ranking tells you. The table scores exchange-traded funds for their three-month holding costs, defined to include the effect
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Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin Just a handful of long-term bond funds are cheap to own for a brief interval. Shutterstock If you want to make a bet on declining interest rates, shares in a fund that owns long-term bonds are a good option. This table ranks exchange-traded long-term bond funds on
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Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin These 15 funds are the cheapest in their categories for short-term speculations.  Shutterstock Owning a bond fund is one way to bet on a decline in interest rates. The table ranks the cheapest exchange-traded funds for three-month holding costs on a $10,000 investment. 3-month Holding Cost*
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Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb’s deputy chief of staff, Cris Johnston, is taking over as director of the state’s Office of Management and budget, effective June 30. Johnston will replace Micah Vincent, who is leaving the position for the private sector to become vice president of strategy at The Heritage Group in Indianapolis. Cris Johnston will
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(Photo by Alexander RyuminTASS via Getty Images) The trend is your friend is an investment adage that is usually associated with short term traders, employing technical analysis or other momentum strategies. It can also apply to thematic investors seeking to identify mega-trends that will last decades. These are trends so clearly in place, it is
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Jerome Powell, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve. The future actions of the Fed will have a key impact on bond markets. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg We’re now firmly into a rising interest rate cycle in the U.S. With several bond metrics approaching extreme levels relative to recent history, here are a few things to be aware of, and
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With Memorial Day and the unofficial start to the summer approaching, the municipal bond market continues to dance to the same old song. The asset class of muni bonds just seemingly keeps chugging along, and three constants are fueling the fire — huge inflows, super strong demand and insignificant issuance, according to Jim Colby, senior
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The weekly average yield to maturity of The Bond Buyer Municipal Bond Index, which is based on 40 long-term bond prices, dropped to 3.75% from 3.78% the week before. The Bond Buyer’s 20-bond GO Index of 20-year general obligation yields sank six basis points to 3.57% from 3.63% the week before. It is at its
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