In Brief: Feb. 19, 2001

VALUABLE JUNK The high-yield bond-fund market climbed out of its trough last month, gaining 6.4% but leaving analysts scratching their head. Junk, which in 2000 suffered its worst year in the past dozen, tends not to do well when the economy slows. Fund managers remain guardedly optimistic, given the continued tightness of other types of credit.

DON'T CALL US In the past several years, many banks have aggressively marketed "callable CDs," longer-term deposits that may be redeemed by the bank--not the holder--after a preset period. Customers, particularly seniors, have bought the CDs, eyeing high interest rates and mistakenly believing they could...

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