One Way to Find Value in Today’s Low-Rate Environment

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Despite the rise in benchmark Treasury rates during the month of May, it is still difficult to find the corporate bond market wildly attractive at today’s levels. With market-wide spreads still at less-than-attractive levels and broader-market yields … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]