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...]

The Chart That Shows Why Inflation May Not be Around The Corner

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Increasing The Money Supply Does Not Mean the CPI Will Rise (October 2012) There seems to be tremendous confusion between asset price inflation and consumer inflation. “Printing Money” or expanding the Federal Reserve’s balance sheet, has caused … [Read more...]

The Big Picture: World Central Banks Temporarily Soothe The Market But Worry Long-Term Investors

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(October 2012) Tom Kenny of About.com recently published the “ 2012 Third Quarter Bond Market Returns: the Third Quarter in Review”.  In the report, he highlights the fact that emerging market bonds had a stellar quarter - up almost  7% , while … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]