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Bond Ladders vs. Bond Funds

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 build one properly. After seeing what happens to ladders in real life over time, my thinking has evolved. In many … Continue reading

After a Tough November for Bonds What’s Next for Investors?

Bond investors are in for a rude awakening when it is time to look at November account statements. While the ten-year treasury yield jumped from 1.83% to 2.37%, the Lehman Brothers Aggregate Total Return ETF (AGG) was down 2.68%. The 7-10 year Treasury ETF (IEI) was down 4.23% for the month, and the Long Term Treasury ETF … Continue reading

Yield Shopping: The Most Expensive Shopping You’ll Ever Do

  In an environment of ever falling interest rates, what is an investor looking for income to do? A recent cover story in Barron’s Magazine “How to Get Safe Annual Payouts of 7%”  illustrates some of today’s challenges in the fixed income world. The article offers that “yields of 5% and 7% are attainable, but you have … Continue reading

Yield Shopping: The Most Expensive Shopping You’ll Ever Do

In an environment of what seems to be perpetually low-interest rates, what is an investor looking for income to do? A recent cover story in Barron’s Magazine “How to Get Safe Annual Payouts of 7%”  illustrates some of  today’s challenges in the fixed income world. The article offers that “yields of 5% and 7% are … Continue reading

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