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...]