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U.S. Officials Weigh Adding Alibaba, Tencent to Investment Ban
Senior U.S. officials are debating whether to bar investments in Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and Tencent Holdings Ltd., according to people with knowledge of the talks, potentially expanding a Wall Street blacklist that’s already cost shareholders billions of dollars.
Bloomberg · 01/06 21:27
China ADRs Sink After Report U.S. Eyeing Alibaba, Tencent Bans
Bloomberg · 01/06 20:43
Cuomo Seeks to Legalize Mobile Sports Betting in New York
Bloomberg · 01/06 20:21
Sports Betting ETF Hits Record on Cuomo’s Legalization Support
The biggest sports betting exchange-traded fund rallied as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he will support legalizing these wagers to help fill the state’s nearly $16 billion budget deficit.
Bloomberg · 01/06 18:36
Big Banks, Pot Stocks, Renewables Rise as Democrats Advance
JPMorgan Chase & Co. and other large U.S. banks climbed in early Wednesday trading, along with shares of solar, clean-energy and cannabis companies, after the Democrats closed in on control of the U.S. Senate.
Bloomberg · 01/06 15:29
Markets Brace for Greater Chance of Blue Wave in Georgia Races
While the relentless spread of the coronavirus drove the equity market lower on Monday, there were also signs investors are preparing for a greater possibility that Democrats will gain control of the U.S. Senate.
Bloomberg · 01/04 21:04
Crypto Fund’s Price Diverges From Holdings in Latest Mispricing
Bloomberg · 01/04 19:49
ETFs’ Big Three Struggle to Make Mark in 2020’s Largest Launches
Three big players have long made up the majority of the $5.4 trillion U.S. exchange-traded fund industry, but their latest offerings were also-rans in a record year for new product launches.
Bloomberg · 01/04 16:10
China ADRs Fall as U.S. Ramps Up Pressure on Delisting Effort
Chinese stocks listed in the U.S., including China Telecom Corp. and Pinduoduo Inc., fell on the prospect of further sanctions that would remove more of the Asian nation’s biggest companies from American stock exchanges.
Bloomberg · 01/04 15:10
Latest Memo From Howard Marks: Coming Into Focus
This down-cycle cannot be fully cured merely through the application of economic stimulus. Rather, the root cause has to be repaired, and that means the disease has to be brought under control.The economic recovery everyone's counting on is not an independent event, unaffected by developments. Rather, it is highly dependent on progress against the disease but also on the continuation of fiscal expenditures in the interim.Today, it seems to me that most assets are offering expected returns that are fair relative to their expected risk, relative to everything else. But the prospective returns on everything are about the lowest they've ever been.In my view, the low interest rates represent the dominant characteristic of the current financial environment, creating the dominant consideration for investors: the lowest prospective returns in history.
Seekingalpha · 10/16/2020 09:43
How To Reap The Most From Your Bond Allocation
Some market observers have suggested that low and negative yields will hinder government bonds' ability to provide a buffer against down markets because bond returns will also be low.Amid the dramatic sell-off in risk assets earlier this year as the global pandemic took hold, and again in September when equity markets pulled back, government bonds served as one of the few true offsets to equity market volatility.Investors' need for income and return is as great as ever, even as global stock dividends plummet.
Seekingalpha · 10/06/2020 12:14
U.S. High-Yield Default Rates Double...Quality Matters
Spread levels have been on a noticeable downward trajectory from their peak level on March 23.HY spreads and default rates have an interesting relationship.The WisdomTree U.S. High Yield Corporate Bond Fund is focusing solely on public issuers and eliminating those with negative cash flow.
Seekingalpha · 09/30/2020 23:47
More On Average, Annual Return And Tough Week For High Yield
For 94 years, the "average, annual" return for large-cap stocks, which per the Ibbotson data is the S&P 500, is above 10%, and probably closer to 12%.The only return period that matched or roughly approximates the 103-year average, annual return for the S&P 500 is the decade from 1/1/2010 to 12/31/2019, and obviously from the March 9, 2009 low.The pullback in the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq hasn't made everyone universally bearish or that nervous yet, but you don't want to see corporate high-yield get much worse in terms of return.
Seekingalpha · 09/29/2020 13:01
We Might As Well Be On An Island
The bond markets are in the midst of a feeding frenzy.U.S. high-yield bond sales reached an annual record of $329.8 billion for the year, with three months left to go.The high yield's market's record year follows the U.S. investment-grade bond market, which reached a new record for issuance in mid-August.
Seekingalpha · 09/27/2020 16:34
Conceptualizing The Volatility Decay Of Leveraged Funds
In this article I will walk you through the commonly used but wrong way to think about volatility decay.We'll then walk through an example of volatility decay with realistic numbers.Afterwards, we'll build a simple mathematical model to calculate volatility decay from first principles.We'll compare the model with back-test simulations done on portfoliovisualizer.com.
Seekingalpha · 09/22/2020 17:49
Corporate Credit Spreads And Some Other Geeky Data Points
Coming into COVID-19, a chunk of client bond money was in higher yielding money markets since credit spreads (in my opinion) offered little value prior to March 2020.After the 35% correction in the S&P 500, and upon the announcement of the Fed liquidity programs, all that money was moved into corporate credit risk (a tactical bet) given the spread widening that happened.Can't recall the source, but Value is on track to outperform Growth for the month, for the first time in years. The question is, "is this sustainable or is it the proverbial dead-cat bounce?"
Seekingalpha · 09/22/2020 10:15
Our 'Borrower's Paradise' Continues
In U.S. high yield bonds we find the riskiest of credits.I have some concerns about municipal bonds and am particularly concerned about municipal pension bonds.Our 'Borrower's Paradise' is also good news for many leveraged ETFs and closed-end funds.
Seekingalpha · 09/21/2020 07:30
A Cyclical Rotation In Corporate Credit
The sudden stop to markets induced by COVID-19 caused a substantial repricing of credit risk globally, and central banks, treasuries, and ministries of finance around the world responded unequivocally.As central banks eased liquidity concerns and governments alleviated solvency risks through a massive fiscal response, credit spreads tightened rapidly within more defensive sectors.The focus now is on the economic cycle, as basic industries, capital goods, energy, and other cyclical sectors in both developed and emerging markets are still trading at spreads wide to historical levels, particularly in the lower-quality segments of the market.
Seekingalpha · 09/09/2020 10:38
Changing Credit Views Amid Volatility
We downgrade investment grade credit to neutral and increase our overweight in high yield as we see volatility rising after a rally in risk assets.Negotiations over a new U.S. fiscal package looked to have stalled. We still expect a sizable package, but risks of a no-deal outcome are growing.Markets will focus on the European Central Bank’s updated projections and any policy implications. The traditional U.S. election campaign season kicks off.
Seekingalpha · 09/09/2020 06:30
Income Assets Are Down But Not Out
Seeking Alpha - Article · 07/28/2020 13:14
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