Interest Rates Have Moved Higher: What That Means for Bond Investors

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(August 21st, 2012) Over the last 30 days we have seen the yield on the 10 Year treasury note move from below 1.40% to the current level of 1.81%.  Here's how that has affected bond investors.   Long Term Government Bonds One of the most … [Read more...]

Financial Bonds have Lower Default Rates AND Higher Yields. Here’s Why.

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The corporate bond market is split roughly in half between financial issuers (such as banks, brokerage firms, insurers etc) and non-financial issuers. As of the first quarter of 2012, there were $4.8 trillion in financial and $5.2 trillion dollars of … [Read more...]

How to Chase Higher Yields as “Safely” as Possible

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By Author of Life, Investments, Everything Blog (July 2012) As old CDs, treasuries and similar very low risk investments continue to mature, one can hear the groans from investors and savers everywhere at the prospect of extremely low rates being … [Read more...]

A 14.34% YTM Opportunity in James River Coal Company Bonds (CUSIP: 470355AG3)

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By: The Financial Lexicon (March 23rd, 2012) On Thursday, Standard & Poor’s (S&P) cut the corporate credit rating on James River Coal Company bonds (JRCC) from ‘B’ to ‘B-.’ Along with the corporate credit rating cut, S&P also cut the … [Read more...]