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  • The Crazy Fed and Your Bond Portfolio

    By Andre Mittag - July 19, 2013 | Tickers: AGG, TIP, BND

    You have to love the Fed. It’s the mythesized council of old men (almost exclusively although the next Fed Chair could be Janet Yellen) deliberating on how to rule the economy. But as of lately the Fed’s bazookas are looking more like pea shooters.  Even so they have been able to knock your Bond portfolio about like a golf ball at a home run derby.

    What’s the more »

  • What Is Your Real Investment Time Horizon?

    By Alex Bentley - March 15, 2013 | Tickers: BND, VTI

    I often say that John Bogle’s maxim of “your age in bonds” as a percentage of your portfolio is a cornerstone investment philosophy.

    And it is. But with some caveats.

    First of all, whose age are we talking about? Who are we really investing for? My stepmother is in her late 70s. She is independently wealthy and has an ample portfolio that is in excess of her relatively modest more »

  • 3 Signs of a Looming Bondvalanche

    By Charlie Wagner - March 11, 2013 | Tickers: AGG, BND

    When spring comes to my part of the world, specific and unusual conditions will occasionally prompt avalanche warnings. An extra layer of heavy, wet snow can cause already fragile cornices to suddenly collapse, triggering an avalanche. On occasion, a few small collapses will signal that conditions are ripe for even bigger and worse results. I see a similar pattern in the abrupt decline of Ishares Trust Lehman US Bond Fund more »

  • B is for Bond, Buzzard, Bernanke

    By Charlie Wagner - January 22, 2013 | Tickers: CSP, AGG, PTTAX, BND

  • Warren Buffett Is Right: Long Term Puts Are Dramatically Overpriced

    By Brendan O'Boyle - December 27, 2012 | Tickers: COP, SPY, BND

    When Warren Buffett speaks the average investor should listen.  The Oracle of Omaha weighed in several years ago on the pricing of long-dated put options, saying that they are considerably overpriced.  While an average investor cannot engage in selling some of the longer-dated options that Berkshire Hathaway has, they can sell puts on individual stocks or ETF index funds. 

    Below is a chart published by the CBOE of the Put-Write more »

  • INCOMING! How To Take Cover From The Fiscal Cliff

    By Mitch Rubinstein - December 5, 2012 | Tickers: BCS, BLK, ^GSPC, BND

    Unless you've been on a remote Forward Operating Base for the last three months, you've probably heard about the fiscal cliff that's coming our way. Taxes on personal income and investments will go up, and government spending will be trimmed. On the one hand, it's standard stuff for any government, corporation, or household that is spending more than they're taking in. On the other hand more »