Although a lot of new exchange-traded funds are gimmicky—tracking obscure indexes or unproven strategies—not all specialty funds should be avoided, suggests Richard Moroney, editor of Dow Theory Forecasts.
I've often warned investors to steer clear of municipal bonds; but a select handful are starting to look attractive—especially if, as I expect, interest rates remain low for an extended period, says Jim Powell, editor in Global Changes & Opportunities Report.
How can you diversify when so many investments are heading in the same direction, writes MoneyShow's Howard R. Gold, who points out why this happened in the first place and where to look for real diversification now.
Convertible securities are bonds or preferred stocks that pay less interest than regular bonds or preferred stocks, but that can be converted into common stock at a certain price, explains Mark Salzinger, editor of The Investor's ETF Report.
Looking for bond funds for a low rate environment? In S&P The Outlook, Vaughan Scully of S&P Capital IQ, highlights four funds that stand to benefit if the Fed delays tapering and if interest rates don't start rising.
Each month, Timothy Lutts assesses the investment landscape and selects a single favorite stock in his Cabot Stock of the Month. Here, he reviews some of these top picks, covering aerospace, solar power, and electric cars.
For many income-oriented investors, the idea of investing in high-yield bond funds is too scary to contemplate. After all, during the heat of the credit crisis in 2008, the typical such fund lost about 26%, recalls Mark Salzinger, editor of No-Load Fund Investor.
The more uncertain the economic climate feels, the more likely the Fed will continue to delay tapering, writes MoneyShow's Jim Jubak, also of Jubak's Picks, and continue driving bonds and bond proxy stocks up.