Year of man v machine for hedge funds

Trend followers using computer models trounced stock pickers

High drama looms for high-yield bonds

Next move in market could test central banks’ grip on markets

Investors bulk buy bond default insurance

Trading volumes of credit index options up 148% over past year

US bonds and shares send mixed signals

Low yields at odds with strong equities on economic outlook

China interest rates rise despite PBoC

Expectations of more easing propel stock market

Alibaba flies flag in banner year for IPOs

Several records shattered as debuts hit highest since dotcom boom

New Year optimism hinges on the Fed

Markets prepare for the first rise in US rates in eight years

‘Largesse’ assets may be on borrowed time

Withdrawal of central bank support will be big theme

US companies increasingly borrow in euros

Verizon and AT&T among the top 10 eurobond issuers this year

Brokers back new boost to bond liquidity

Electronic credit trading venues aim to address market bottlenecks

Drought looms for EU bank bond investors

Lenders more concerned with paying back ECB loans

Oil plunge sparks US credit market fears

Crude turmoil spreads into more esoteric financial corners

Lower inflation expected as oil drops

Puts pressure on monetary policy makers who will miss targets

Risks of Europe’s ‘protest’ parties

Low bond yields, except in Greece, show markets not worried yet

Vix index suggests year-end anxiety

‘Fear gauge’ indicates more nerves over immediate market wobbles

US energy junk debt sell-off spreads

Years of spike in defaults pushes average yield in wider market close to 7%

ECB fails to woo Europe’s banks

Failure of TLTROs may make ECB more likely to bypass banks

Banks face ‘carrot or stick’ rule on ABS

Lower capital rules may apply to simplified loan packages, global financial regulators proposes

Greek stocks and bonds in sharp sell-off

Shares fall 7% while bond yields climb to near 9%

Wall St rallies after retail sales boost

European stocks weak as oil revisits 5-year lows

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