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One easy way to purchase additional I Bonds is through a revocable living trust. Many Bedel clients have either individual trusts or joint trusts.
As equity and fixed income assets across the globe decline in unison, it is imperative to tune out the noise of day-to-day headlines and remain committed to the strategy of a personalized financial plan.
High yield, investment grade, long-term, and intermediate bonds have taken large hits. Only short-term and adjustable-rate bonds have largely escaped the carnage. So what is happening to the bond market, and what should you do?
Owning bonds today is still relevant because they provide steady income and protect portfolios when risky assets fall. If you rely on your portfolio for spending, the bond portion should protect your spending level.
The 7% yield is very attractive. It will probably change in May, but even then, the new yield will still likely be well above any other yields that you can get on cash alternatives.
Bond yields are at historically low levels, and the Fed has indicated no interest in creating negative yields. How do you rethink what bonds mean for your portfolio? What's the best way to avoid disappointment in a post-COVID portfolio?
Have you heard the expression about the canary in the coal mine? Canary birds were the first to react to unhealthy conditions in coal mines and served as a warning to the miners. Bonds can also be like those canaries, warning investors of a coming recession.
The stock market has experienced dramatic daily and weekly swings, both positive and negative. While traditional economic data will likely continue to be negative for some time, it is helpful to pay attention to developments in other areas that also provide signals of the health of the economy.
When it comes to your investment portfolio, taking risk shouldn’t be a foreign concept. But many don’t necessarily think of risk when investing in bonds. We discuss the types of risk you would commonly find in the world of bonds and highlight what those risks could mean for your portfolio.
When it comes to asset allocation, there’s no solution that’s one-size-fits-all. As you near retirement, it’s increasingly important to be sure that your balance of stocks to bonds is appropriate. We’ve detailed two methods to help determine what your asset allocation should look like.
Investors, the bond market’s yield curve is indicting the possibility of impending recession! However, while the shape of the yield curve can be used as a tool to project the future health of the economy, it is not a crystal ball. Read on for a better understanding of yield curves and how this trend could impact you.
Do you know what you’re paying for when you purchase a bond? Most people would say, “Of course - the bond.” But there are fees, similar to a mark-up, built into the bond price. The good news is those costs are now required to be disclosed to the purchaser. Why does this matter? If you know what you’re paying for, you’ll be able to make better-informed decisions on your bond purchases.
Quite a few people have savings bonds that they purchased or received as a gift years ago. If you’re one of those people, you’ve probably wondered what they’re worth or what you can do with them now?