Active bond-fund managers are deviating from the Barclays Aggregate Index, but the index itself has also changed, says Morningstar's Eric Jacobson.
International opportunities, income, and M&A activity were on investors' minds in September.
MetWest Total Return Bond has run ahead of its peers this year, with help from its nonagency mortgages and utilities exposure, says comanager Laird Landmann.
Many Morningstar.com users say they'd welcome higher yields on their cash and bond holdings, even if it means some short-term pain.
The Fed's taper dominated the headlines in August, but investors were looking for undervalued stocks, yield, and international opportunities.
Senior fund analyst Eric Jacobson walks us through how some of Morningstar's top-rated intermediate-term bond funds fared during the early summer sell-off.
Interest in dividend-paying stocks and bonds remained high as the market eyed the Fed.
Many managers are of the mind that rates have gone about as far as they're going to go for a while, so investors probably don't want to exit the bond market while their funds are down, reports Morningstar's Eric Jacobson. Plus, get an update on fund category performance in the second quarter as well as updates on fund leaders and laggards, including PIMCO Total Return.
Some Morningstar.com readers are rethinking their fixed-income exposure, while others are sticking with their plans.
In case a layoff 'comes of of nowhere,' we prep a portfolio for liquidity and long-term growth.