Bonds

  • 08 Nov
    Is Everything Now Too Big To Fail?

    Is Everything Now Too Big To Fail?

    • Today, we’ll discuss how the “too big to fail” concept has evolved since it was first used back in 1984.
    • The U.S. stock market to pension funds relation shows that even the stock market is simply too big to fail.
    • In Europe, the situation is even worse. Everything there is too big to fail, from countries to corporations to junk bonds.



    Introduction

    “Too big to fail” is a concept that you probably recognize from the 2009 financial crisis when many corporations, particularly financial institutions, were considered too big to fail due to the negative impact their demise would have on the whole economic system.

    In order to prevent massive negative effects on the economy, and also to prevent a 1930s depression-style situation, governments intervened and bailed out the distressed assets. More →

  • 23 Oct
    This Is How You Get Returns Over 1,000%

    This Is How You Get Returns Over 1,000%

    • There are many examples of simple investments that returned more than 1,000%, some even 10,000%, over the last few decades.
    • In order to take advantage of such investments, you have to look at the extremes of what could happen in the next few years that aren’t included in the current economic models that use statistical averages.
    • Statistical averages are what you have to look for to protect you from negative surprises and open your portfolio to extremely positive surprises.



    Introduction

    A friend of mine just sold his home in Central London for 2.4 million pounds which is an average price in London. However, what’s interesting is that he bought the property in 1996 for just 160,000 pounds. In just 20 years, the value of his London property increased 15 times.

    Another example I have is from a recent WSJ article where a Park Avenue penthouse is selling for about $18 million. The funny thing is that the property was empty for 27 years as it was owned by the Former Republic of Yugoslavia which also allows us to know what the purchase price was in 1975. The purchase price was $100,000. In 40 years, the value of this property in New York increased 180 times. More →

  • 19 Oct
    What Should You Know About Investing In Bonds? Run Like Hell.

    What Should You Know About Investing In Bonds? Run Like Hell.

    • The recommended portfolio split is still 60% stocks and 40% bonds, which is a terrible split if you ask me.
    • I’ll show you the current risk reward bonds have and what you can expect from them in the future (treasuries and junk bonds).
    • There are two situations with owning bonds that aren’t such a bad idea.



    The Current Bond Environment

    Bonds, as stocks, have been in a bull market for the last 35 years because interest rates have been on a constant decline.

    Since 1981, a 10-year Treasury bond portfolio has returned 14.6 times its initial capital. More →

    By Sven Carlin Bonds Investiv Daily
  • 26 Sep
    The Best Strategies For Investing Late In The Economic Cycle

    The Best Strategies For Investing Late In The Economic Cycle

    • What has to be done in the late part of the economic cycle isn’t a secret. I’ll describe the how and what.
    • However, as always in investing, the question is why we aren’t doing the rational thing.
    • I’ll ask you a question that will help you answer how much and whether you should rebalance.

    Introduction

    Yesterday, we discussed how the economy is in the late part of the economic cycle and everything is leading toward a recession.

    No one knows exactly when the next recession will start or what the trigger will be. So the only thing to do is to be prepared. More →

  • 08 Sep
    Why You Should Be Paying Attention To Bond Yields

    Why You Should Be Paying Attention To Bond Yields

    • It’s extremely important to watch bond yields as they define the health of the economy and financial markets.
    • I was correct last year when I said to short bonds, but now things are changing and shorting bonds is no longer a low risk thing to do.
    • I’ll discuss what to look for to protect your portfolio from what bond yields are saying.

    Introduction

    Last year, I was a bond bear and wrote about how investors should avoid bonds, especially as the FED was announcing a tightening policy. I was right on with my forecasts as bond yields have almost doubled since June 2016 which lowered bond values. More →

  • 23 Aug
    The Practical Approach To Constructing An All-Weather Portfolio

    The Practical Approach To Constructing An All-Weather Portfolio

    • Creating an all-weather portfolio is pretty technical. Today, I’ll try to make it as practical as possible and give actual investment examples of where to invest.
    • It’s all about risk. Counter to general knowledge, bonds carry large risks at the moment.
    • I’ll describe 4 different investments that will behave differently in 4 different economic scenarios, but all of them offer a yield all the time.

    Introduction

    Two months ago, I wrote a pretty detailed technical article on how to build an all-weather portfolio. The results were quite discouraging as a huge part of the portfolio would have ended up in short term bonds, especially treasuries.

    In today’s article, I want to deviate a bit from the pure technical side and approach the creation of an all-weather portfolio from a practical side that includes actual stocks to buy and doesn’t put as much in treasuries. More →

  • 17 Aug
    Worried About The Current Environment? Here’s Why You Should Be.

    Worried About The Current Environment? Here’s Why You Should Be.

    • We’ll discuss the most obvious risks to the current financial environment.
    • For example, higher interest rates are already negatively affecting the U.S. economy and inflation.
    • However, the most dangerous risks are the hidden ones.

    Introduction

    Yesterday we discussed the main factor behind the current bull market, i.e. central bank asset purchases, and I described three potential scenarios, one where things continue as expected, one where central banks increase stimulus, and one where inflation messes things up for everyone.

    Nevertheless, nothing that was discussed in yesterday’s article was a new finding. Such fears have been circulating the financial environment since 2009, and as we have witnessed, nothing much has changed since then while the global financial system seems stable as a rock. Even Japan’s economic activity has surprised on the upside with growth of 4% for Q2 2017. More →

  • 31 Jul
    Europe Is Verging On Communism. Investors Beware.

    Europe Is Verging On Communism. Investors Beware.

    • I’ll describe what communism is and how close Europe is to it.
    • I’ll analyze the implications the current monetary environment will have on investments in Europe and the European currency.
    • You can’t compete with a European company that borrows at negative interest rates.

    Introduction

    Now, the title of today’s article is a pretty heavy statement, but let’s look at the definition of communism and what’s currently going on in Europe to see how far Europe is from actually being communist. More →

  • 04 Jul
    Why Yesterday’s Retirement Investing Advice Won’t Work In Today’s Environment

    Why Yesterday’s Retirement Investing Advice Won’t Work In Today’s Environment

    • Common retirement investing advice worked ok in the past, but could have been much better.
    • Why would you sell stocks that you bought a long time ago, and that are still growing and paying dividend, to buy bonds that yield less than inflation?
    • Over the long term, little differences amount to a huge difference. Take responsibility for your retirement.

    Introduction

    The common advice on retirement investing is to be overweight stocks when you are far from retirement and then overweight bonds when you are closer to retirement. Some funds offer target date retirement funds that have such a portfolio allocation.

    Vanguard’s target retirement funds invest up to 90% in stocks when you are more than 25 years from retirement, and then lower that exposure to about 50% when you retire. 7 years into retirement, you have 70% of your portfolio in bonds. More →

  • 14 Jun
    Step-By-Step Guide To Building An All-Weather Portfolio In Today’s Environment

    Step-By-Step Guide To Building An All-Weather Portfolio In Today’s Environment

    • I’ll explain what an all-weather portfolio is and why it’s important to think all-weather in this macro environment.
    • It’s important to understand the difference between portfolio asset class diversification and risk diversification.
    • I’ll use imaginary risk calculations to illustrate how to properly build an all-weather portfolio.

    Introduction

    History has taught us that we always have to expect the unexpected. For example, I don’t know whether the U.S. economy is going to continue to expand or whether interest rates will be lower or higher in the future. I can make estimations, account for probabilities, and then invest accordingly, but still, I have to be prepared for anything. More →

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