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Many of us tense up when we hear the word “investing.” We remember movies like Wall Street and Boiler Room where fast-talking traders lost millions on stocks they swore would pay off. Unsurprisingly, some of us decide that investing is just too risky for the average person to get involved in. But this is a […]
You don’t need a financial adviser to tell you that one of the most important things you can do for yourself is to set up an emergency fund. Short-term lending options are pretty horrendous with everything from 300% payday loans to 25% credit card loans, so it makes sense to set some money aside for […]
As passive funds take a center stage, the number of bond funds on the market is skyrocketing. Most get into passive funds because they can’t be bothered to select individual bonds (i.e. buying individual bonds vs. bond funds), which means that investors have to judge a fund from a very simple cover. I’ll go through […]
2012 was a great year for the municipal bond market – it returned a nice 7.3%. While that is not even half of the 16% that the S&P 500, it was still almost triple the 2.2% that Treasury Bonds returned last year. Even though there were some bumps in the road in 2012 (most notably, […]
Bond prices have been rising steadily since the 2007 financial crisis. Many individuals, investors, companies, and institutions have been flocking to Treasury Bonds for their relative safety compared to other financial products. However, with the economy recovering more every day, and other securities, like stocks, starting to look more attractive, is the bond bubble finally going to […]
Berkshire Hathaway is known for its excellence in investing with Warren Buffett at the helm as Chairman and CEO. What Berkshire isn’t well-known for is the business it does best: insurance. Recently, Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway cut its exposure to the municipal bond insurance market. Berkshire Hathaway previously insured billions of dollars of municipal bonds against […]
Over the last month, investors have still been flocking to bonds despite record low interest rates. In fact the average yield on bonds issued by Group of Seven countries (United States, Canada, Germany, U.K., France, Italy, Japan) has fallen to 1.23% as of June 12, from around 3% back in 2007. And for several countries […]
As investors seek alternative plans to grow their money in light of the volatile stock market, savings bonds have become one of many popular choices for long-term savings growth. Savings bonds increase the initial investment with an interest rate that is guaranteed by the federal government. However, given that they are an investment plan that […]
Many people are under the impression that bonds are usually safer investments than stocks because you don’t lose your principal. However, that is not always the case, especially if you buy bonds in a bond fund. Bonds can be just as risky, and even more risky, than stocks, if not researched thoroughly. Recently, I wrote […]
Everyone has heard the saying ‘you need to diversify’. You hear about it for your portfolio as a whole – diversify in stocks and bonds. There are even some handy simple calculations to figure out how to do it (subtract you age from 100, and that is how much you should invest in stocks). You […]
Earlier this week, the Treasury announced that it will begin selling its portfolio of mortgage bonds guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (also known as agency paper). The sales will start this month, and will be subject to market conditions. It is estimated that selling the holding could result in a profit of as […]