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Jeff Kosnett reports on the fixed-income side of investing.
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Yes, interest rates are headed north, but the bad news for yield-oriented stocks is already behind them.
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Total returns won't reach 2016's levels, but rates will remain low, which means bond prices will hold their value.
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You might not complain so much about ever-rising highway tolls if you get a cut of the action.
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.