The Best Investments in Case of an Inverted Yield Curve

The yield curve has fallen to its flattest level since the 2007-09 recession which can cause bond-market investors to take notice and start bracing for a possible inversion. Traditionally safe assets like long- and short-term bonds have fared a bit better following yield-curve inversions. Source: Wall Street Journal The yield curve—the difference between the interest…

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Apple, Oracle Dump Bonds and Create $300 Billion Hole in Market

As U.S. tax cuts prompt Apple Inc. and other tech companies to bring home their overseas cash hoards, it’s leaving a void in the market for short-term corporate bonds, where those firms had invested much of the money. That’s now making it more expensive for other companies to borrow. Source: Bloomberg   Once the biggest buyers of short-dated corporate…

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Investors find value in emerging market debt

  Analysts and economists expect long-term rates in the U.S. to trade within a range possibly driving a search for yield in emerging markets, however, some advisors remain unconvinced and choose to take risks only in stocks, using low-risk, high-quality bond investments to balance a portfolio. Source: CNBC A good reason to buy the bonds of…

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Electronic Bond Orders Spark Race to Develop Platform for $2.3 Trillion Market

Regulators and investors are suggesting increased transparency in primary issuance markets by streamlining the traditional trading process through an electronic trading platform. Source: Bloomberg A tussle is emerging between underwriters over who controls the levers of a $2.3 trillion market for new company bonds, with the U.S. as the chosen battleground. Tech firm Ipreo, jointly owned…

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Buy Side Seeks Better Bond Data

 MiFID II best execution standards are forcing institutional investors to apply artificial intelligence to ensure they meet the growing demand for data and insight Source: MarketsMedia More than two-thirds of asset managers want to improve their data collection for bonds as regulations have introduced new transparency, reporting and best execution requirements. MiFID II, which came into…

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US corporate bonds sail through equities volatility

 The volatility in equities are steadily moving higher in sovereign yields and a strong demand for debt are likely to be the reasons the corporate bond market has held firm. Source: Financial Times As investors sought to digest the first swoon in US stock markets since early 2016, chipmaker Broadcom outlined plans to tap the debt…

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Provinces brush off market jitters as companies pass on bond issuance

 Provinces and government issuers continue to issue bonds even while companies have stayed away from the primary market. Source: Financial Post Canadian provinces and government-related issuers took a serene approach to the recent turmoil in global markets, carrying on with bond issuance even as companies have stayed away from the primary market. Canada Housing Trust opened…

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