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The Wisdom Of The Bond Ladder

The best known of passive strategies is development of a bond ladder. A ladder more or less removes emotion and guesswork from the equation by spreading out rate risk, generally requiring a “hold until maturity” mentality on the part of the investor. […]
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In Search Of Bond Alternatives

While I think bond investors looking for predictable cash flows can certainly look at equities to complement fixed income holdings, it’s probably not appropriate to view them as substitutes. There is inherently more capital risk in owning stocks. […]
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How Many Bonds Should You Own?

Bond investors who opt to look at single issues as opposed to pooled products like ETFs, CEFs, and open-ended bond funds, have a variety of choices to make: how much credit risk to take, what kind of blended duration to employ, and yes, how many total bonds to carry in the portfolio. […]
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A Contrarian View Of High Yield Bonds

I’ll start by talking about some of the well documented and rehashed reasons why you should not buy high yield bonds. Interest rates are low, spreads (difference between yields on junk credit and investment grade bonds/Treasuries) are very narrow, and junk debt just doesn’t present a compelling opportunity. […]
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A True Source Of Value For Bond Investors

There are few investments where value can tangibly be seen. As I’ve mentioned numerous times in the past, closed-end funds – usually referred to as CEFs, are a source of visible value for bond investors in the securities universe. […]
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