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Bonds an Investment Class Worth Some Excitement

“One thing I definitely don’t want in my portfolio is bonds,” a prospective client told me a few weeks ago. “Bonds are boring and don’t give good returns.” Her confidence in her money script that bonds had no place in her portfolio was palpable. However, her understanding of the role bonds play in a portfolio […]

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We Can Assume Another Recession, But Not When

If you pay much attention to financial news, you may have noticed some recent dramatic headlines warning of an upcoming recession. What triggered the warnings was something called the “inverted yield curve.” To explain that term, it helps to understand bond markets.

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Mix of Bonds in Diversified Portfolio

As I pointed out last week, bonds are the hardest investment class for most people to understand. Just to make things more complicated, not all bonds are the same. There are great differences between government, corporate, long-term, short-term, TIPS and high-yield bonds.

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Bonds: Common But Confusing Asset Class

What would you guess is the hardest investment class for most people to understand? You might think it’s stocks, or a subclass of stocks like those of companies in emerging markets. Or how about real estate investment trusts (REITS) that hold various types of investment real estate. Maybe it’s commodities or complex alternative investments like […]

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What To Expect From Rising Interest Rates

In December, the Federal Reserve raised the federal-funds lending rate by .25%, only the second increase in the past decade. The day the rate hike was announced I received several calls from journalists, all wanting to know what this means for the economy. My email inbox also started filling up with questions about the effect […]

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