Category Fixed Income

WSJ – The Bond Buyer’s Dilemma

The Bond Buyer’s Dilemma The yields on long-term US Treasury bonds will likely fall below inflation for years.  Fortunately, some reasonable alternatives strategies exist for investors. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204449804577068152764286924.html –snip– A few bits and pieces from the opinion piece: Are we in an era now when many bondholders are likely to experience very unsatisfactory investment results?  I […]

Hardly a “lost decade”

We recently heard from a person who has some complaints about the last decade’s performance of his 401(k).  He said he’d been putting money in since the beginning of 2000, regularly, and after all this time, the portfolio in his 401(k) is worth a little bit less than the sum of all the money he’d […]

Swedroe on GNMAs for your Bond Allocation

Always worth reading, here’s Swedroe’s recent piece about whether or not to use GNMA (mortgage-backed securities) as your bond allocation: http://moneywatch.bnet.com/investing/blog/wise-investing/gnmas-you-can-do-better/2887/ Some things he notes: A 60/40 portfolio with intermediate treasuries has had a higher return and lower volatility than a similar portfolio with GNMAs GNMAs have a higher correlation with equities (which explains a […]