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    Market valuations look vulnerable if Fed withdraws support, says billionaire investor Howard Marks

    MarketWatch - 05/18/2020

    'If the Fed were to recede, we would all take over as buyers, but I don't think at these levels,' says Marks. Markets are in a world of trouble when the Federal Reserve eventually rolls back its support to Wall Street. That's from Howard Marks, the billionaire investor and co-chairman of Oaktree Capital Management, who worries corporate credit markets will come under pressure once again if the Fed steps back.

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    Fed's credit operation launched, but job already done

    Reuters - 05/14/2020

    The Federal Reserve's pledged support for exchange-traded funds may not end up costing the central bank much, but will still have the desired effect of keeping the credit market afloat. As part of an unprecedented stimulus endeavor, the Fed announced it would support the ETF market in March, and on Tuesday launched the backstop.

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    The Fed is going to buy ETFs. What does it mean?

    MarketWatch - 05/12/2020

    The central bank is acting as a buyer of last resort and propping up the bond market in the most efficient manner possible. The Federal Reserve on Monday announced a fresh round of stimulus designed to calm markets and buffer the hit to the economy from the coronavirus pandemic. Among other steps, the Fed said it would buy exchange-traded funds that track the corporate bond market, a first for the U.S. central bank.

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    Fed says it will start buying corporate-bond ETFs on Tuesday

    MarketWatch - 05/11/2020

    The Federal Reserve's new lending facility will begin purchasing corporate bond exchange-traded funds on Tuesday, the New York Fed announced Monday evening. The Fed said most of the purchases would be in exchange-traded funds with exposure to U.S. investment-grade corporate bonds, but some of the purchases will be of ETFs whose primary exposure is to U.S. high-yield corporate bonds. The Fed said it will soon start purchasing debt issued by companies directly.

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    Strong Flows in Bond ETFs After Fed Interest -- Journal Report

    DJ Business News - 05/03/2020

    Exchange-traded funds focused on non-investment-grade bonds rallied in April after the Federal Reserve signaled interest in buying ETFs exposed to the sector to support the markets. Investment-grade bond funds benefited, too. Buying junk-bond ETFs "is an unprecedented move for the Fed," says Pat Keon, senior research analyst at Refinitiv Lipper.

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    This corporate debt fund is the 'most overvalued asset' in the bond market, says Gundlach

    MarketWatch - 04/27/2020

    Jeffrey Gundlach says the Fed is responsible for a sharp recovery in the biggest corporate bond ETF. That's from Jeffrey Gundlach, chief executive of bond fund giant DoubleLine Capital, talking Monday about one of the biggest beneficiaries from the Federal Reserve's moves to bolster the corporate debt market. "The Fed action has certainly swooped that up," he said in an interview with CNBC, referring to how the central bank's intervention had helped underwrite a sharp rebound in...

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    March madness, and some rational investing too, seen in ETF fund flows

    MarketWatch - 04/02/2020

    Many investors headed for the hills, but some kept calm and carried on. The madness of March's financial markets lent a decidedly bipolar tinge to fund flows. There was plenty of what Todd Rosenbluth, head of ETF and mutual fund research at CFRA, calls "hide-under-the- mattress" action: investors piling into exchange-traded funds that track ultra-safe havens and selling those seen as less secure.

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    The Fed is going to buy ETFs. What does it mean?

    MarketWatch - 03/30/2020

    The central bank is acting as a buyer of last resort and propping up the bond market in the most efficient manner possible. The Federal Reserve on Monday announced a fresh round of stimulus designed to calm markets and buffer the hit to the economy from the coronavirus pandemic. Among other steps, the Fed said it would buy exchange-traded funds that track the corporate bond market, a first for the U.S. central bank.

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    Fed's aid to battered corporate bond market creates 'winners and losers'

    MarketWatch - 03/26/2020

    Fed's lending facilities could leave the junk bond market in the lurch. Investors breathed a sigh of relief this week as the Federal Reserve's new emergency lending facilities announced on Monday put a floor under the corporate bond market after fund managers liquidated their least-impaired assets to raise cash and meet outflows. But the Fed's measures don't extend help to those companies with credit ratings below investment-grade, leaving a $1 trillion market of highly...

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    Pick a winner? Wall Street is already screening which corporate bonds may benefit from Fed purchases

    MarketWatch - 03/24/2020

    It may be only the start of corporate bond rescue efforts. Wall Street has begun sifting through which corporate bonds might fit the Federal Reserve's criteria for purchase under a series of new rescue programs announced Monday, which aim to alleviate stress triggered by the coronavirus. Even before the pandemic swept onto U.S. shores, concerns have been mounting about the potential for lost jobs and defaults, if U.S. companies that spent the last decade loading up on record...

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    U.S. junk bonds fall despite unprecedented Fed stimulus

    Reuters - 03/23/2020

    Prices of the riskiest U.S. corporate bonds fell on Monday as investors bet that the Federal Reserve's pledge to backstop an unprecedented range of debt would not materially change the outlook for less financially stable companies, particularly those at risk of default.

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    Fed could buy $4.5 trillion of debt if it starts snapping up corporate bonds, says Bank of America

    MarketWatch - 03/20/2020

    Corporate bond trading has seized up amid worries that businesses will default on their obligations. As the Fed launches one lending program after another, investors are now calling for the Federal Reserve to aim its sights on the more than $9 trillion U.S. corporate bond market. Following the example of the European Central Bank, the Fed could add corporate bonds to the list of assets it is buying to restore normalcy to a bruised corner of financial markets that has seen a...

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    It's a 'hide-under-the-mattress' market. How are ETFs managing?

    MarketWatch - 03/19/2020

    A 5% differential between what one fund traded at and the value of its underlying securities was arguably last week's biggest hiccup. As financial markets convulsed lower over the past week, flows into and out of exchange-traded funds help shed a light on what investors are thinking. "This has become a hide-under-the-mattresses environment," said Todd Rosenbluth, head of ETF and mutual fund research at CFRA.

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    Investors flee stocks and bonds, pile into cash, fund flow data show

    MarketWatch - 03/06/2020

    As volatility has risen in financial markets this week, investors are piling into money market funds and pulling money out of stocks and bonds, both taxable and tax-free. The data in the chart above comes from Refinitiv Lipper, which also provides some more context that shows how investors are bracing for a worst-case scenario. Within the category of equity funds, an exchange-traded fund that contains utility stocks had some of the biggest inflows of the week.

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    Coronavirus worries are slamming global markets. What are ETF investors doing?

    MarketWatch - 02/27/2020

    'What I don't see here is panic': CFRA's Rosenbluth. Even as coronavirus concerns upended financial markets over the past week, exchange-traded fund investors have behaved in a very peculiar way. They have been relatively rational.

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