3 Ways 2012 Changed the Investing World Forever

investing lessons

2012 has been a very interesting year for the bond market, with many lessons for investors.  Here are the top 3 ways we think the year changed the investing world forever: 1) Guaranteed Positive Returns Disappeared: Retirees and Near Retirees Are … [Read more...]

What the Fed’s New Policy Means For Bond Investors

The Fed Balance Sheet

Last week the Federal Reserve, made a very unusual announcement. It declared that it would could keep interest rates low as long as unemployment was above 6.5% and inflation was below 2.5%. As of the end of November 2012, the unemployment rates … [Read more...]

Why are Bill Gross’s Number 1 Picks not Part of His Total Return Fund?

Bill Gross Investment Ideas

What are Bill Gross’s Best Investment Ideas? Picks Commodities like Oil and Gold U.S. Inflation-Protected Bonds High-Quality Municipal Bonds Non-Dollar Emerging-Market Stocks Pans Long-Dated Developed-Country Bonds in the U.S., … [Read more...]

Will Your Balanced Fund Protect You In The Next Bear Market?

The Financial Lexicon

I recently attended a luncheon at which a balanced fund manager for a well-known financial services provider spoke.  He shared several thoughts about the current investing environment and also touted his fund’s performance during the 2007 to 2009 … [Read more...]

Best Bond Funds for 2013 and Beyond

Best Bond Funds for 2013

One of our primary goals here at Learn Bonds is to make the process of choosing a bond fund easy.  With this goal in mind we launched our free bond fund rating reports, called LB Ratings, earlier this year.  While we put our stamp of approval on all … [Read more...]

Are bonds funds riskier than bonds? Yes, and here’s why.

bonds vs bond funds

A recent article in Seeking Alpha, “Are bond funds riskier than bonds?” by Robert Keyfitz makes the argument that the mainstream financial media has answered this question incorrectly. Suze Orman, Barrons, and Investopedia have all run articles … [Read more...]