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Why Target Date Bond Funds Beat Bond Index Funds

September 23, 2012

Picking a stock fund is fairly easy – a stock index fund built around a market index like the S&P 500 should do just fine. Bonds are a different animal, however, and index funds may not be the best choice for your investment dollars. Bond Funds vs. Target Date Bond Funds In general, there are […]

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Target Date Funds: Is Convenience Worth the Cost?

June 18, 2012

Target date mutual funds seek to make retirement planning as easy as ever. Simply pick a date and a contribution level to let the target date fund manager do the rest for you. The goal for any fund company is to become a “one stop shop” for their clients. A target date fund gives much […]

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Yield Curve Explained – MBA Mondays

February 28, 2011

The yield curve is explained in this week’s MBA Monday topic.  For years, I used to hear about “the yield curve” and remain disinterested because I thought stocks were so much cooler than bonds.  Bonds were for old farts, right?  What I’ve come to learn after an MBA and witnessing the near collapse of the […]

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MUNI Bonds Have Jumped the Shark

January 13, 2011

On November 22nd, I penned an article at ETFBase entitled Muni Bond Market Imploding.  While I was derided for my call at SeekingAlpha and other outlets that syndicate my content for calling the top, the muni market has in fact, begun imploding.  Like clockwork, Meredith Whitney appeared on 60 minutes (Day of Reckoning) sharing with […]

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100 Year Bonds – Great Yield or Sucker’s Game?

October 11, 2010

I’ve been seeing longer duration bonds being issued in various formats and I’m starting to wonder if this is the pinnacle of the bond bubble.  Kind of like when Blackstone took private equity public at the top, is this a sign that corporate and sovereign debt is being issued one last time to the suckers […]

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