Tue, 21 Oct 2014
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May flows data show investors are putting money to work in nontraditional fixed-income holdings, as well as emerging - markets equities, for perceived better returns.
As yields rose, both taxable- and municipal- bond funds saw record monthly redemptions in absolute terms in June.
Income-hungry investors sought out niche fixed-income funds like bank-loans and non-traditional bonds in the first quarter, while the so-called great rotation into stocks is not yet confirmed.
As rising rates and emerging markets lose momentum, fund investors are eyeing nontraditional fixed-income categories and European and Japanese equities.
Vanguard's Ken Volpert cautions investors about a rise in short-term rates, and also offers his thoughts on the U.S. debt ceiling as well as Vanguard's TIPS, international- bond , and total bond market funds.
Passive equity funds, noncore bonds , alternatives, and many of the fund shops that sell them fared well last year, while core bonds , commodities, and gold suffered.
As rates remain low, many investors overlook the risks of higher-yielding fixed-income assets; instead, they should maintain low-cost, well-diversified portfolios, says Vanguard's Fran Kinniry.
Morningstar's Christine Benz demonstrates how to make a bucket portfolio best work for you, touching on allocation, RMDs, other income sources, and more.
Interest in dividend-paying stocks and bonds remained high as the market eyed the Fed.
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