The big names in this category have more to prove before we can fully recommend them, says Morningstar's Eric Jacobson .
Although many fixed-income fund categories had a rocky 2013, investors should heed the dangers of swapping their bonds for cash or stocks, says Morningstar's Eric Jacobson .
Individual investors can do OK buying individual Treasury bonds, but pitfalls proliferate in other credit sectors, says Morningstar's Eric Jacobson .
Morningstar's Eric Jacobson runs the gamut with some of his favorite fixed-income funds, including ideas for core, short-term, multisector, high-yield, and muni exposure.
With a tilt toward longer durations, worries over Puerto Rico, and large outflows, muni funds struggled in 2013, but they have something to offer investors, says Morningstar's Eric Jacobson .
Active bond-fund managers are deviating from the Barclays Aggregate Index, but the index itself has also changed, says Morningstar's Eric Jacobson .
These warning flags merit further investigation from bond-fund investors, says Morningstar senior fund analyst Eric Jacobson .
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.
The recent slip in performance of PIMCO's Total Return mutual fund and ETF is no reason for investors to sell shares, as the funds have strong track records, say Morningstar's Tim Strauts and Eric Jacobson .
The performance differences have narrowed between the two funds recently, and Morningstar's Tim Strauts and Eric Jacobson say PIMCO investors should choose the least expensive option.