Bonds vs Bond Funds for Income and Portfolio Diversification

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Below is lesson 5 in our Learn Bonds in 15 minutes video course, which coveres bonds vs bond funds for income and portfolio diversification.  You can find the transcript as well as some additional links to resources where you can learn more below … [Read more...]

Reading the Signs in the Current Bond Market

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A challenging time for bond investors By Kathy Jones September 2012 Many people have spent a lifetime building up their savings only to discover that the current low- interest-rate environment doesn’t provide enough income to sustain their … [Read more...]

Are your investments about to drop off the fiscal cliff?

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What is the fiscal cliff? The fiscal cliff is really two separate events that will be occurring around the same time: Increased Tax Rates For 2013 (including the expiration of the Bush Tax Cuts) A Dramatic Decrease In Government … [Read more...]

Convertible Bond Funds: Equity market returns with less risk?

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Convertible bond funds, are bond mutual funds and ETFs that invest in bonds which can be converted into stock at a fixed price.  If the stock does well, convertible bondholders benefit.  On the other hand, if the company goes into bankruptcy, … [Read more...]

3 Income Investing Ideas: Dividend Stocks, High Yield Bonds, MLPs

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(September 2012) While our parents' generation may have expected their retirement to last 10 or 15 years, couples today expect their retirements to last 27 years on average (according to a survey by investment manager BlackRock). The change in … [Read more...]