Bonds Funds Up, Equities Down in Q1

April 7, 2003 ( - Portfolios in high quality municipal bonds, high quality corporate bonds and high-yield bonds continued their winning ways in the first quarter of 2003, helping to offset losses in domestic and international equity mutual funds.

Jobless Claims Spike Higher to 445,000

April 3, 2003 ( - Reversing a three week downward trend, the number of new US jobless jumped to 445,000, representing its highest level in almost a year.

High-yield Funds Start Year 5.4% Higher

April 3, 2003 ( -The winning streak that began for high-yield bond funds late last year continued into the first three months of 2003 as investors poured nearly $8.6 billion into high-yield bond funds between January and March 2003.

Market Rebound Draws Q4 SDBA Flows

April 3, 2003 ( - Resurgent markets drew participant holdings in self-directed accounts to equity holdings in the fourth quarter, according to Charles Schwab Corporate Services' fourth quarter 2002 SDBA Indicators report.

FTSE Responds To Iraq Conflict

April 2, 2003 ( - The climax to a long-anticipated outbreak of war in Iraq spoke favorably to FTSE All-World Index investors, as the index increased 1.54% in March.