ProShares Short 20+ Year Treasury
In the finance world, bonds probably earn the title of the most controversial investment. In general, bonds are supposed to be safe investments. But, are they really? Although the bondholder will rack up a relatively stable income, the present value of these cash flows is highly volatile and can be negatively impacted by numerous macroeconomic factors.
Sovereign bonds are debt securities issued by governments eager to put their finances in more »
Fixed income investors may have noticed a sizeable change in the interest rate curve recently. While rates on the short end of the curve remained relatively unchanged, rates on 10 year notes and longer moved up around 50-60 basis points. That means that owners of corporate and government bonds and funds probably saw their investment values take a hit.
It’s probably reasonable to assume that the bull market in more »
Conservative investors often seek safety by putting their money into U.S. Treasuries. But that move might be the equivalent of financial suicide. Here's why.
The Simple Argument
Now, a 1.75% 10 year bond might seem risk-free. Its yield more »
George Soros and his theory
Yesterday night I was watching some interviews with top investors during Davos 2013. One with George Soros particularly interested me. He made several remarks on his famous reflexivity theory, which basically states how the interpretation of events can actually affect those events. He made a connection between his theory and the future trajectory of U.S. interest rates. Soros defended the way U.S. Federal more »
The S&P 500 closed at 1432 points one week ago, that's a 4 year high, it's now at 1465. The S&P has risen by 16% this year and if it continues this upward momentum it could easily have its third best year in terms of performance since 2000. That would only be after 2009 and 2003, the rebound years of the last decade. In fact, Tobias more »
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A beloved company is financially prosperous. And we have the financial data to prove this out.
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I am an enormous fan of the work completed by Jim Cramer and Danny Meyer in crafting what they call the “Hospitality Index.” Their hypothesis is congruent with mine; that companies who grow by moving in the more »
Since 1994, stock market returns are flat if you remove the three days before the Federal Reserve announces interest-rate decisions. This stat was taken from Fool writer Morgan Housel, in his “100 Mind-Blowing Facts About the Economy.” It’s no surprise the market likes the idea of more Quantitative Easing (QE). It likes the idea so much, the market rallies off of headlines that imply only glimmers of hope. QE more »