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Jeff Kosnett reports on the fixed-income side of investing.
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You might not complain so much about ever-rising highway tolls if you get a cut of the action.
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My main argument for continued tranquillity in the markets: Interest rates are likely to remain low for the foreseeable future.
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In any news-driven market crisis, wait until the third business day after the news breaks to trade anything.
Negative interest rates in Europe and Japan make U.S. bond yields look sky-high by comparison, boosting demand for Treasuries.
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Yields have been creeping up on bond maturities of up to three years, and that’s boosting payouts at short-term bond funds.
For years, tax-exempt bonds have provided high returns with low risk, and they continue to do so.
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Many bond pros say subzero interest rates are unlikely because they wouldn't help the U.S. economy and could damage it.
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I got a sense of the growing affection for fixed-income investments during a recent swing through Los Angeles, which has become America's bond-fund mecca.
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By obsessing over interest-rate moves, investors may miss other potential perils—in particular, the scary default rate on energy-related junk bonds.
If long-term Treasury bonds return nothing, tax-free municipal bonds of similar maturities will give you 3% over the next year.
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Take advantage of the growing gap between yields of long-term Treasuries and those of medium-grade corporates of similar maturities.
Inflation, the great enemy of bondholders, is almost nonexistent, and demand remains strong for Treasuries and other high-quality, income-paying assets.
My picks avoid funds with big stakes in Treasuries, which are most at risk if investors need to raise cash quickly.
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Forget index funds for now. The key to success is an experienced manager who can make money here, there and everywhere.
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Don't let scary headlines about the muni bond market steer you away from buying opportunities.
The Federal Reserve dares not scare the markets by tightening money in the absence of rising inflation, strong growth or excessive speculation.
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Far more often than not, a fund fueled by fear takes you and your money down a dark path to nowhere.
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