October 2, 2009
The investment environment looks (a) great or (b) grim? Here is my answer. The yield on fed funds is basically zero. Money market yields are averaging 1%. A five-year CD will get you only 2.7%. The yield on the blue-chip Dow Industrials is a dangerously low 2.9%, and the yield on the NASDAQ is a miniscule 0.6%. See anything that appeals to you here? I sure don’t. When yields are historically low, they have only one way to go-and that, of course, is up. And when the yield on any investment rises, unless there has been a dollar change in the payout, the price of the asset will decline. Thus, conservative investors like Dick Young find the current investment environment to be GRIM.
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