Bonds

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They may not be paying much, but bonds are suddenly looking pretty good. Last week, while stocks plunged, government bond prices rose sharply. The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell more than 15 basis points to 2.05 percent in the last two days of the week. On Monday morning, the 10-year yield dipped below 2 …

Puerto Rico debt crisis

Puerto Rico has paid back nearly $2 billion of debt, but there’s still a lot of uncertainty about what may happen next.

Puerto Rico on the brink

Kate Kelly tells us what options Puerto Rico might have, as the country unable to pay off most of its debt.

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Bonds, the seemingly boring and inscrutable partner to equities, don’t usually generate much excitement. But they play important roles in portfolio planning, offering diversification and fixed-income opportunities. The wide variety of bond instruments provides the opportunity for age-appropriate strategies throughout the client’s life span. CNBC consulted with several advisors on how they employ bonds when …

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Live by central bank liquidity, die by central bank liquidity. That could well become the mantra for a bond market that, after years of support by the Federal Reserve and its global counterparts, now finds itself suffering under the unintended consequences of the trillions in easing distributed to allay the fears of a market in …

ECB: get used to bond volatility

European Central Bank President, Mario Draghi, addressed the recent volatility in the bond market.

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Six months ago, Maura Shaughnessy couldn’t find a single utilities company to buy. Back then, these businesses were on a tear—the S&P 500 Utilities sub-index was up 26 percent in 2014—which made it difficult to find undervalued opportunities. Things have cooled off dramatically since. The sector is down about 7 percent year-to-date, while its price-to-earnings …

Interest rates on the rise

The volatility in the stock market is partly because of the bond market, which saw the yield on the 10-year hit a six-month high.

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Bond investors are scrambling to figure out whether interest rates have bottomed and where to deploy their cash. European government bond and U.S. 10-year Treasury yields are trading at their highest levels in more than two months and the U.S. 30-year Treasury bond yield reached a high for the year on Tuesday. As yields rise …

PIMCO CIO on the economy & markets

Scott Mather, Pimco CIO, runs the world’s biggest bond fund and it’s outperforming its peers. He shares his thoughts on the economy, fixed income and the Federal Reserve.

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From the looks of the bond market, you might think the economy was heading south—and fast. March’s retail sales rose 0.9 percent, the first increase after three months of declines but shy of the 1.1 percent expected. It showed consumers were spending again, and the economy is not tipping toward recession. Yet, Treasury yields, which …

Global reaction to ECB stimulus

Nightly Business Report has reaction to the European Central Bank’s new historic bond-buying program from our across Europe.

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The interest rate on the U.S. government’s 10-year Treasury fell below 2 percent on Tuesday morning for the first time since mid-October, as fears over global growth led a flight to safety. Investors continued to buy sovereign debt amid the selloff in equities with the U.S. 10-year yield falling for a seventh straight session. The …

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Bill Gross

Bill Gross said in an exclusive interview with CNBC on Monday that economic growth will likely fall to 2 percent. “Yes, we’re starting from a 3 percent growth economy that will probably persist for another quarter or so,” he said. “We get back to a relatively new structural growth rate, which is not 3 but …

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It’s hard to believe it’s just a few years since countries like Ireland and Spain had to go cap-in-hand to international lenders – at least if you look at their bond yields. Ireland’s 10-year bond yield, usually reflective of a country’s economic performance, hit a record low of 1.477 percent Monday, while Spanish 10-year bond …