• Jun. 27, 2013, 4:51 PM
    Gundlach: Tell us how you really feel, Jeff. "TIPS (TIP) are probably the worst asset class in the U.S. ... I have talked myself blue in the face (previous) trying to get investors not to buy (them)." Given their recent big declines, he doesn't hate them as much as a few weeks ago, but he's still not a buyer. On municipals (MUB), he's a buyer, particularly in closed-end funds who've been doubly whacked thanks to growing discounts to NAV. A sampling of muni CEFs: NIO, NVG, BTT, NPM, NRK, MUC, VCV, NEA.
    | Jun. 27, 2013, 4:51 PM | 3 Comments
  • Jun. 22, 2013, 9:30 AM
    It's "total capitulation" in fixed income (AGG, BND), says BAML's Michael Hartnett. The "blood bath" includes the largest-ever three-week rush of bond-fund redemptions, $2.6B leaving (2nd largest outflow ever) the Emerging Markets Bond ETF (EMB), and mortgage-backed securities (MBB), municipal bonds (MUB), and TIPS (TIP) funds each now showing net outflows for 2013.
    | Jun. 22, 2013, 9:30 AM | 47 Comments
  • Jun. 15, 2013, 9:55 AM

    More than half of bond ETFs saw price price declines greater than their drop in NAV last month, according to Morningstar. The MUB's 3.1% fall compares to a 1.3% dip in NAV - not peanuts considering the fund's 2.8% annual yield. Similar patterns were seen in other muni funds like CXA and ITM as well as in junk bond ETFs like HYG, but was not evident in TIPS (TIP) trackers or broad fixed-income ETFs like AGG and BND.

    | Jun. 15, 2013, 9:55 AM | 2 Comments
  • Jun. 12, 2013, 4:26 PM

    Add TIPS (TIP) to the list of safe-havens proving to be anything but as this sort of inflation-protection doesn't work when rates rise but inflation doesn't. The rout has sent the yield on 10-year TIPS into positive territory for the first time since Dec. 2011, reports Carolyn Cui. Investors have pulled $7.2B out of TIPS ETFs this year, already more than the $5.2B inflow for all 2012.

    | Jun. 12, 2013, 4:26 PM | 3 Comments
  • Jun. 4, 2013, 4:42 PM

    More Gundlach (previous): "I really dislike TIPS (TIP) and have really disliked them recently." There's no inflation, which makes them a lousy investment, he says, but even if you think there's going to be inflation, why not wait and buy them at a far lower price.

    | Jun. 4, 2013, 4:42 PM
  • Jun. 3, 2013, 1:52 PM
    iShares Barclays TIPS Bond ETF (TIP) announces monthly distribution of $0.2930. 30-day SEC yield of 2.79% (as of 5/30/2013). For shareholders of record June 05. Payable June 07. Ex-div date June 03.
    | Jun. 3, 2013, 1:52 PM
  • May 30, 2013, 3:39 PM
    State Street launches the SPDR 1-10 Year TIPS ETF (TIPX), set to track the Barclays 1-10 Year Government Inflation-linked Bond Index. It appears similar in structure to another State Street TIPS fund (IPE), but with an expense ratio 3.5 bps lower at 0.15%. Also launched is the SPDR S&P Global Dividend ETF (WDIV), set to track the S&P Global Dividend Aristocrats Index. It has a cost of 0.40% and joins competitors DEW and LVL, each of those with coming with slightly higher costs.
    | May 30, 2013, 3:39 PM | 1 Comment
  • May 15, 2013, 3:40 PM

    More from Gundlach: Not concerned about inflation, he calls TIPS (TIP) "pretty bad" investments and says he'll be a buyer if the 10-year (TLT) yield bounces back to 2% (off 3 bps today to 1.94%). As for the inevitable Apple (AAPL -3.3%) question - he prefers the common stock to the just-issued bonds. Warren Buffett says he prays for stocks he owns to go down in price - it allows him and company repurchase programs to buy at better prices. Is Apple putting money to work the last couple of days?

    | May 15, 2013, 3:40 PM | 15 Comments
  • May 1, 2013, 2:54 PM
    iShares Barclays TIPS Bond ETF (TIP) announces monthly distribution of $0.3111. 30-day SEC yield of 7.84% (as of 4/30/2013). For shareholders of record May 03. Payable May 07. Ex-div date May 01.
    | May 1, 2013, 2:54 PM | 2 Comments
  • Apr. 26, 2013, 3:26 PM

    TIPS have mostly rebounded from a recent selloff, but Barclays spots an opportunity at the short-end of the curve. Some 1-year notes are expected to fall in price next week when they fall out of the Barclays U.S. TIPS Index (which must drop them when less than a year to maturity). The ensuing forced selling by funds such as the TIP could create a bargain price for buyers.

    | Apr. 26, 2013, 3:26 PM
  • Apr. 19, 2013, 12:48 PM
    Bill Gross takes advantage of the recent selloff in TIPS (TIP) to add to his holdings, noting the break-even rate for longer-dated paper has fallen to 2.35% (if inflation comes in above this number, TIPS outperform Treasurys). Yesterday's Treasury auction of TIPS was a mess, with one trader calling the action a "get me out" trade. Gross is getting in.
    | Apr. 19, 2013, 12:48 PM | 1 Comment
  • Apr. 15, 2013, 1:42 PM
    Gold isn't the only inflation hedge losing fans as funds owning TIPS have seen 3 straight months of outflows, according to Morningstar, the first such streak since 2008. At current levels, 5-year TIPS (TIP) would break even only if inflation rises more than 2.18% annually. "We just don't see (it)," says formerly bullish strategist Dan Heckman, whose fund has been a seller of late.
    | Apr. 15, 2013, 1:42 PM | 1 Comment
  • Apr. 1, 2013, 5:01 PM
    iShares Barclays TIPS Bond ETF (TIP) announces monthly distribution of $0.080. 30-day SEC yield of 1.78% (as of 3/28/2013). For shareholders of record Apr. 03. Payable Apr. 05. Ex-div date Apr. 01.
    | Apr. 1, 2013, 5:01 PM
  • Mar. 12, 2013, 12:47 PM
    "QE has successfully turned the bond vigilantes into bond zombies," writes Mike Riddell. With central banks having an unlimited bid in fixed income,  the discipline enforcers turn instead to currency markets and index-linkers (TIP), and the world's worst-performing currencies this year are the yen (FXY) and the pound (FXB) as the stimulus efforts of the BOJ and BOE trump that of the Fed.
    | Mar. 12, 2013, 12:47 PM
  • Mar. 8, 2013, 3:08 AM

    The Fed is considering abandoning its plan to eventually sell the trillions of dollars of bonds it's bought and just let them mature instead. The move would prevent the disruption of markets that might come with big sales, and it would prevent any losses if and when interest rates rise, not to mention any subsequent criticism from Capitol Hill. There might be some economic benefits too.

    | Mar. 8, 2013, 3:08 AM | 8 Comments
  • Feb. 25, 2013, 9:40 AM

    Global inflation expectations continue to ratchet higher, with the spread between inflation-linked and government bonds rising to 1.7%, according to BAML. In the U.S., the break-even rate - the rate inflation would need to hit for TIPS (TIP) to be a better investment than Treasurys - has risen to 2.53% today from 2.24% before September's QE announcement.

    | Feb. 25, 2013, 9:40 AM
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The iShares Barclays Treasury Inflation Protected Securities Bond Fund seeks results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the inflation-protected sector of the United States Treasury market as defined by the Barclays Capital U.S. Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS) Index (Series-L).
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