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Bond Ladders vs. Bond Funds/ETFs

Fifteen years ago when, when someone asked me if they should invest in a bond fund or create a bond ladder, I always told them that a ladder was preferable, assuming you had enough money to properly build one. After seeing what happens to ladders in real life over time, my thinking has evolved.  In … Continue reading

Professor Plum, With the Revolver, in the Library: Who Caused the Financial Crisis and How Did They Do It?

BIA Commentary and Opinion (Originally published on May 13, 2009) By Ted Barnhart Right up until that fateful week in September of 2008 when Lehman Brothers, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac,Merrill Lynch and AIG all imploded, most of the media, government and financial professionals  either could not  or would not acknowledge the economic disaster that was … Continue reading

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