Do SandRidge Energy bonds yield 6% or 8%?

sandridge energy bonds

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...]

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...]

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

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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...]

How the Size and Composition of the Bond Market Has Changed Since 1980

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Since 1980, the size of the US bond market has increase by 15 times, in terms of the outstanding debt by par value. In terms of the market value of the debt, the number is likely even higher. US Bond Market Size 1980 - $2.54 Trillion 1990 - … [Read more...]

Investment Ideas From PIMCO: Buy TIPS, Municipal Bonds & High Quality Financials

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Bonds would be burned to a crisp and stocks would certainly be singed; only gold and real assets would thrive within the “Ring of Fire.” - Bill Gross, “Damages” October 2012 The quote above is slightly out of context. Bill Gross is discussing … [Read more...]