Fundsters are undoubtedly already aware of the Securities and Exchange Commission's March
decision to investigate the use of derivatives in mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs), yet those yearning for more coverage can turn to The Wall Street Journal's Fund Track
column today penned by Daisy Maxey.
The SEC's review will likely center on the over-the-counter market, especially for
interest-rate and credit-default swaps, used by firms such as BlackRock
and Western Asset Management
, according to Morningstar analyst Michael Herbst
Herbst notes that the three companies are among the biggest users of derivatives.
Herbst goes on to name some of the core bond funds that use derivatives extensively, including Pimco's Total Return Fund
and BlackRock Total Return Fund I and II
. The Western Asset Management Core
and funds have used them in the past, but probably do so a little less today, he says.
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