Some Thoughts on Timing Your Corporate Bond Purchases

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As those who follow the bond market know, during the second quarter of 2013, yields on U.S. Treasury securities rose notably. But even with the 10-year Treasury topping 2.70%, and the 30-year topping 3.70% in early July (yields even higher when … [Read more...]

Q2 in Review – A Tale of the Bipolar Bond Market

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Dictionary.com defines “bipolar” as “characterized by opposite extremes.” In searching for a word to describe the bond market’s behavior during the second quarter of 2013, bipolar seems rather appropriate. In terms of yields, the 30-year U.S. … [Read more...]

Fed Funds Rates vs. Bond Mutual Funds

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The sky is falling! Well at least it appears to be in the bond markets. I guess we cannot refer to this as a “Great Rotation” being that stocks have been getting hit pretty hard with the Fed’s recent decision to announce that an end of their stimulus … [Read more...]

Do SandRidge Energy bonds yield 6% or 8%?

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One my favorite bond analysts, Rom Badilla of Bondsquawk.com, recently recommended the high yield bonds of Sandridge Energy, a large producer of oil and natural gas. However, a person not very familiar with technical terms of the bond market might … [Read more...]

Bond Trading – How to Trade Bonds Electronically

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Bond trading is not like trading stocks.  Bond trading technology and access has not developed as quickly as other markets. Electronic platforms with real time quotes which are the standard in other markets are the exception in the bond market. What … [Read more...]

How to Gauge the Interest Rate Sensitivity of Bonds and Bond Funds

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By Matt Tucker, CFA iSharesBlog.com Today I want to take a step back from the markets and talk about one of the fundamental concepts in fixed income investing: interest rate sensitivity.  Namely, what happens to the price of a bond or bond fund … [Read more...]