July 17, 2009 Despite pockets of strength, the bear market in stocks staggers on, eyeing, with an increasing daily concern, the RPM’s (Radical Progressive Movement) sweeping program of socialism and quasi central government nationalization. The stock market hated the Bush-fronted neo-con disaster, and rightfully, is even more scared of the “Chicago Cabal.” At mid-year, the Dow Industrials are down 4.8%, the Transports are down 9.9%, and the Utilities are down 4.4%. It’s a negative clean sweep for the blue-chip industries despite misleading strength in the more speculative market sectors. … [Read more...]
Young Research & Publishing has been providing research and insights on bonds to institutional investors, corporate financial officers, business owners, and individual investors for over four decades. Richard C. Young started Young Research & Publishing in the 70s to publish the authoritative Young’s World Money Forecast, a 50-page monthly investment report for institutional land high net worth investors. Today, our research on bonds is geared toward investors in or nearing retirement who are looking to preserve and protect wealth.
July 3, 2009 I just checked the yield on my money market fund. How does 0.01% sound to you? Sounds to me like the mid term GPA average for the Delta House gang back at Dean Wormer’s fictional Faber College. You’re getting less than 0.5% from 3 and 6 month treasuries and bank CDs. And you know that it is my forecast that the U.S. dollar is going to crater versus the Swiss franc and the Canadian dollar. Moreover, the yield on the Dow is less than 3.5% isn’t it? Savers are in a darn tough spot. And conditions will worsen due to ongoing mismanagement at the White House, Treasury and Fed. And now … [Read more...]
June 12, 2009 The stock market is one of the best leading economic indicators. And investment grade U.S. stocks continue in a Bear market. (1) Dow Jones Industrials, down 0.1% (2) Dow Jones Transportations, down 5.6% (3) Dow Jones Utilities, down 7.6%. By contrast many International Indices are soaring (1) Brazil up 42% (2) Canada up 17% (3) Hong Kong up 26% (4) Japan up 11% and (5) Singapore up 32%. Moreover with a 25 p/e (based on 2009 estimates) and only a 3.3% yield the Blue Chip Dow Industrials simply do not offer compelling value. It is true that the speculative NASDAQ index is up 16% … [Read more...]
Ah, retirement. Congratulations. You made it. Whether you got here by selling your business or working your way through corporate America, you’ve made it and you must feel relieved, excited, and probably a little nervous. Your retirement years should be some of the best in your life. But they are also some of the most nerve-racking, with no job to easily fall back on. With this in mind I’ve constructed a list of potentially catastrophic thoughts you might have and how to handle them. Picture yourself 10 years from now with the memories you might have of you and your spouse with grandchildren, … [Read more...]
A recent article in the Wall Street Journal by Jonathan Clements highlighted the advantages of low-cost bond funds. Jonathan correctly points out that low-cost bond funds consistently outperform their high-cost cousins. This is not because low-cost bond funds are run by superior investment managers. It’s simply a result of the funds’ low expenses. As an example, take Vanguard GNMA with an expense ratio of .20% and Franklin US Government Securities with an expense ratio of .72%. Both funds focus exclusively on GNMA securities. The difference in their expense ratios is .52%. According … [Read more...]
An Efficient Frontier The concept of an efficient frontier is central to investing.What is an Efficient Frontier? An Efficient Frontier is nothing more than the line that connects one optimal portfolio across all levels of risk. An optimal portfolio is the mix of assets that maximizes portfolio returns at a given level of risk.The Chart below illustrates an Efficient Frontier for a combination of two assets classes - long-term corporate bonds and stocks. Compound Interest Table Click Here to download our free compound … [Read more...]