Tag Archives: bonds
Municipal bonds and emerging markets have not seen the same rally as U.S. stocks and may hold a greater risk premium, Vanguard Chief Economist Joe Davis says.… Read more
Many people spend the final days of each December reminiscing about the year gone by. At this time, it’s not uncommon for individuals to draw “lessons learned” from both the good and bad moments, and to make resolutions for the … Read more
I learned early in my life that humility is an important virtue regardless of the endeavor. Receiving the occasional B when I had expected an A or enduring a loss when my team was a heavy favorite taught me that … Read more
There’s no question that the municipal bond market has been on a roller coaster this year. In July, news of Detroit filing for the largest municipal bankruptcy in history roiled the markets, seeing investors sell municipal bonds and yields on … Read more
Risk is a relative term. If someone asked you to set aside $150 a month, possibly with no return on your investment, you’d probably say, “No way!” Yet what if you knew the alternative was losing your home and all … Read more
U.S. interest rates today are clearly low and below historical long-term averages. Recalling the double-digit rates of the 1970s and early 1980s, I still find it somewhat astonishing that the yields on a broadly diversified basket of high-quality bonds (whether … Read more
Bond funds have generally been on a total return “tear” the past several years, given the sharp decline in U.S. Treasury yields.
Bond fund cash flows have been solid, especially into corporate and municipal bond funds, which tend to carry … Read more
A popular question from my friends is “Where do I go for income in this low-yield environment?” There isn’t an easy answer.
Here’s why: Yields on money market funds are near 0%, and long-term Treasury bond funds are yielding below … Read more
It’s still early in the new year, and there’s lots to worry about in the investment domain and in the broader world. But one item tops my “worry list” for 2010: interest rates. And it’s hard to decide which is … Read more