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...]

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...]