Bond Investing

Why the Greek “No” Vote Was a Good Thing

The Greek people just voted against accepting the European Union’s bailout terms, sending the markets into a panic. Here’s why Alex thinks investors need to relax…

Risk: Your One Guarantee in Retirement

Investment risk. We think we understand it… few of us really do, though. And it will be the undoing of many retirees.

Tony Robbins’ Advice Is Financial Suicide

Robbins is incredibly successful. Forbes estimates his net worth to be $480 million. However, if he ignored his own advice, he’d probably be worth a lot more….

The One Thing You Need to Know About Bonds

Bond investors today fall into one of three categories: smart, scared or oblivious. Let’s take the last group first. Whenever you hear someone say they plunked money into a long-term bond fund because it returned 12% annually for the last 30 years, all you can do is sigh.

>> The One Thing You Need to Know About Bonds

In Praise of So-Called “Junk” Bonds

It’s time to set the record straight about bonds, specifically high-yield bonds. Since the bad ol’ days in the 1980s, when Michael Milken and his cronies at DLJ ruined the reputation of high-yield bonds – that’s where the term “junk bonds” came from – they have been the whipping boy of the industry.

>> In Praise of So-Called “Junk” Bonds

How to Get Higher Rates on Safer Bonds

The bond market is a difficult place to earn a livable income during times of very low interest rates. The only way to earn a decent yield is to take risks on lower-quality bonds or to accept much longer maturity curves than good sense dictates.

>> How to Get Higher Rates on Safer Bonds

Get Out While You Can

One of the reasons I’ve been happily married for 17 years is my wife and I not only have complementary skills, but we like to handle different aspects of our lives. For example, she likes to cook. I don’t.

>> Get Out While You Can

How to Spot the Best Cheap Bonds (And Why Ratings Aren’t Enough)

In the 30 years I’ve been banging around the markets, I’ve seen a lot of blood in the streets because of panic…

>> How to Spot the Best Cheap Bonds