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...]

CDs are Better Than Bonds For Short-Term Investments

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Certificate of Deposit yields are low, very low.  For locking up your money for 5 years, you will receive less than 2.0%.  It almost doesn’t seem worth it.  However, its important to understand that investing is about getting the best returns … [Read more...]

Everyone is Wrong: QE Does not Lower Interest Rates

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(September 2012) If you spend anytime reading or watching the mainstream media it has likely been pounded into your brain that quantitative easing (QE) lowers interest rates.  To be honest I hadn’t given the opposing view much thought until a couple … [Read more...]

Bill Gross channels John Bogle but is Wrong about CDs

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Bill Gross have you looked in the window of your local bank? In Bill Gross’s most recent market missive, “The Lending Lindy”, he makes the following statement: Most individual investors don’t have the privilege of time nor the choice of risking … [Read more...]

How to Gauge the Interest Rate Sensitivity of Bonds and Bond Funds

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By Matt Tucker, CFA iSharesBlog.com Today I want to take a step back from the markets and talk about one of the fundamental concepts in fixed income investing: interest rate sensitivity.  Namely, what happens to the price of a bond or bond fund … [Read more...]